Safety  
Construction Workers Say  
Productivity Takes Priority Over Safety  
recent survey from the National ing, 40 percent of U.S. workers believe productivity over safety.  
Safety Council (NSC) shows that safety is less of a priority at their work-  
A total of 4,836 people died in work-  
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58 percent of American con- place than productivity, and 44 percent place incidents in 2015, and 937 of  
struction workers believe safety is less say management does only the mini- those killed were construction work-  
of a priority at their workplace than mum required by law to keep employ- ers, according to the Bureau of Labor  
productivity and completing job tasks. ees safe. About 40 percent say safety Statistics. Falls are the second-leading  
Additionally,51 percent say manage- takes a back seat to completing tasks.  
cause of death in the workplace, and  
ment does only the minimum required In comparison, 36 percent of the more than half of fall-related deaths  
by law to keep employees safe, and 47 2,000 full-time and part-time em- each year occur in the construction  
percent say employees are afraid to ployees in the 14 industries surveyed industry.  
report safety issues. In manufactur- by NSC feel their employers prioritize  
Take a look at the table on the left to  
see how workers in construction and  
manufacturing answered some of the  
survey’s questions. n  
Manufacturing  
Survey Statement/Question  
Construction  
or Industrial  
Facility  
I can protect myself and coworkers  
through my actions while on the job.  
8
5%  
7%  
81%  
Safety is a priority at my  
workplace.  
40 percent  
8
77%  
Management insists that  
employees think about safety  
when doing their jobs.  
U.S. workers  
believe safety  
is less of a  
88%  
80%  
Management shows they care  
about employee safety.  
84%  
85%  
85%  
74%  
78%  
79%  
priority at their  
workplace than  
productivity  
Employee health and wellness is  
promoted at work.  
Safety training is part of every  
new employee’s orientation.  
Employees are well trained in  
emergency practices, including  
evacuation.  
82%  
75%  
68%  
44%  
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incidents in 2015.  
9
,836 people  
died in  
workplace  
All employees are involved in  
solving job safety issues.  
80%  
Management does only the  
minimum required by law to  
keep employees safe.  
51%  
R.I.P.  
Safety takes a back seat  
to completing job tasks.  
58%  
56%  
47%  
40%  
43%  
40%  
37 of those  
killed were  
construction  
workers.  
Employees are afraid  
to report safety issues.  
Employees are resistant  
to working safely.  
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