ACCNJ Safety Day 2016

The Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey, its member companies and labor partners recently  joined forces for a special, coordinated emphasis on safety at New Jersey construction sites across the state. Safety Day 2016, featuring comprehensive training demonstrations involving hundreds of union construction craftworkers, placed particular emphasis on the four leading causes of injury and fatality on jobsites as determined by OSHA: falls, struck-bys, electrocutions and caught-in/betweens.

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised the number of workplace fatalities in 2014. Of the 4,821 deaths in US workplaces that year, 899 were construction workers in the private sector. In New Jersey in 2013 (the most recent year for recorded data), 102 workers lost their lives in workplace incidents. Of those, 15 – nearly 15 percent – were in construction.

ACCNJ’s Safety Day strives to raise public awareness of the dangers that exist for construction workers as they build roads and structures and refocus the attention of workers on the key elements of staying safe while on the job.

It also highlights the substantial investment in safety training and education made by our union contractor members and craftworkers of the basic trades construction unions (Bricklayers, Carpenters, Ironworkers, Building and Heavy/Highway Laborers and Operating Engineers). Collectively, they invested more than $20 million last year in safety training and education


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