The construction industry’s safety is driven by regulatory agencies, insurance requirements and contractors will to make sure every employee goes home to their family each night in the same shape as they showed up to work that day.
With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
10%-20% of contractors labor cost is workman’s compensation. All states require set limits of workman’s compensation insurance that a contractor must have in place if they are actively sending employees to a construction site. Most insurance companies issue contractors an Experience Modification. This is a grade the contractor receives which benchmarks he/she against other similar contractors in the industry. A mod rate of 1.0 is middle of the road. .75 is a company with less workmans compensation claims. 1.25 is a contractor with more workmans compensation claims. This is usually a multiple against a standard comp rate and can ultimately cost a contractor 25% more than the industry is paying.
In addition to being responsible for your employees health and safety, OSHA and insurance companies can enforce severe fines & policy increases if an employer is found not to be maintaining their required safety equipment.
Tracking location and general maintenance of safety equipment is no small task. This equipment ranges from air monitoring devices, fall protection harnesses, eye wash stations, etc. Each device has its own inspection and maintenance requirements and is often at a remote job site location when the maintenance or inspection is due.
In addition to tracking required inspections, some end users capture a GPS position on the Slate when the equipment is delivered. This gives safety inspectors the ability to map out inspection visits or equipment recalls and replacements.
Learn more about how Slate Pages can help you inspect, track, and manage your construction safety equipment in our IPC Lydon Case Study.
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