How Important is Safety to the Complex Construction Industry?

Commercial construction is a dangerous industry. One in five deaths among US workers occurs in the construction industry each year and more than 4,500 workers were killed on the job in 2020. Falls, electrocutions, heavy materials strikes, and even exposure to hazardous materials are four of the most common causes of workplace injury and death. While the situation has significantly improved since the 1970s, fatalities continue to occur every year.

Safety is the single most important aspect of every construction job. It’s even more important when it comes to large-scale, complex construction projects Unique Building Group (UBG) works on every day. This is why we’ve made significant investments in top-of-the-line safety standards, which we integrate into our culture and everything we do. Here are some of the top reasons why construction safety is so important:

Construction Safety Keeps Our Workers Safe

There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our workers and our partner’s workers, which is why implementing robust safety procedures is paramount. We want to do everything possible to ensure our teams come home safe at the end of every day and our worker’s families have peace of mind. As a complex framing subcontractor, we’re nothing without our skilled workers and protecting them is our number one priority.

Safety Keeps Projects On-Track And On-Budget

Accidents are disruptive, and they can lead to costly project delays. Contractors with poor safety standards not only jeopardize the safety of other contractors, but they can also put the entire project timeline at risk. This is one of the main reasons why safety is so important to General Contractors. At UBG, we consistently deliver results on-time and on-budget thanks to our excellent safety record.

A Good Safety Track Equals A Good Reputation

Reputation is everything in commercial construction, especially if you’re a subcontractor. When selecting a bid, safety is one of the most important considerations for both clients and GCs. Nobody wants to hire a company with an unreliable safety record, so implementing good safety procedures is essential for winning business and building credibility. A strong construction safety record just happens to be one of the ways Unique Building Group has earned such a strong reputation.

Safety Generates Savings

Investing in safety doesn’t just protect workers, it can actually pay off in the long run. In construction, your safety record determines your EMR (Experience Modification Rate), which is a score that is considered when calculating insurance premiums. The fewer safety incidents, the lower your EMR. The lower your EMR, the less you pay for insurance. It pays to be safe on the job!

Not to mention safety violations can also result in hefty fines and penalties, especially when they’re a result of violating OSHA standards. Workplace accidents can even result in costly lawsuits. At the end of the day, subcontractors can’t afford to not create a safe environment.

Safety Is Important For Recruiting Workers

Highly-skilled workers are our most important asset, and workers don’t want to work in an unsafe environment. In order to attract the industry’s best talent, companies need to put in place strong safety standards.

Safety is important for many reasons, which is why UBG continues to invest in safety procedures that far exceed OSHA standards. Regular training, certification programs, PPE education, and daily meetings are all part of our robust regimen. If you’re a general contractor looking for a large-scale framing subcontractor with an excellent safety record, contact us today.