The Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group, comprised of more than 70 national and global construction firms, and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum have joined forces with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. The Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) includes twelve major contractors who come together every other year for a two-day meeting to discuss only one thing – SAFETY. CISI holds a Safety Summit that includes over 30 major contractors in the United States. The CEO Forum is led by a group of senior construction industry leaders who are committed to sharing Incident and Injury-Free™(IIF™) safety best practices. They have met bi-annually since 2009 with the objective to both sustain and recreate their present IIF™ journeys while at the same time creating the possibility of an industry-wide safety transformation.

Construction Safety Week kicked off on Monday and runs all week. The week is a show of force, an opportunity for people, companies, and even competitors, to work together and build a stronger, safer industry. Whether it’s through education and awareness activities, promotional events or monetary contributions, there are many ways you can participate, celebrate and show support. Check out the news stories on the events taking place around the country this week.

While it may be too late for this year to organize an event for your company, check out the website and get a jump on planning for next year. For example, they have a long list of “assets” available to assist you in planning an event, promoting it, and more.

As an example, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. is observing Construction Safety Week 2019 with an awareness campaign highlighting member achievements in safety performance and their collective commitment to creating the conditions for all to do their work without incident and go home safe and healthy every day.  ABC has also published their 2019 Safety Performance Report demonstrating the effectiveness of the STEP safety management system and articles featuring member safety performance leaders. 

Among the headline events of the week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will host its sixth annual National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction with events across the country to improve compliance and save lives. Although falls from heights decreased from 2016 to 2017 according to BLS data, falls are still the leading cause of death in the construction industry. 

Safety on construction sites and in the workplace were a hot topic at last year’s METALCON show and will likely be featured again as a session at METALCON 2019. If you attended last year’s show in Charlotte, you may have joined us at the Deck for our “Safety Party!” Like last year, all education and keynote sessions will take place ON the show floor and INCLUDED in your Total Experience registration for METALCON 2019, taking place in Pittsburgh, October 16-18. Click HERE to be the first to know when registration opens.