The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) are urging commercial construction firms across the country to act on 13 specific steps to further improve workplace safety.
AGC officials said the new safety measures were needed to address a growing influx of new and inexperienced workers that is contributing to an increase in the number of construction fatalities nationwide and in the Carolinas.
The safety recommendations include requiring every worker on a project to complete a safety orientation session, providing workers with easy-to-read ID tags that identify their level of safety training and giving workers "Stop Work" cards they can issue to halt activity on a project when they spot safety hazards. Other measures include holding monthly employee-led safety training lunch and learn sessions and providing specific training in response to all safety incidents that occur on a job site.
Recommendations are based on an in-depth analysis of effective safety programs the association performed as part of its Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards. Turmail noted that the association and Willis looked at what makes winning firms'—including local Charlotte, N.C., firm WB Moore Electrical Contractors.