Is the Obsession With Recordable Injury Rates a Deadly Safety Distraction?

Injured construction worker

In all U.S. construction, fatal on-the-job accidents have remained stubbornly consistent at just above 1,000 per year since 2017.

May 16, 2022
Richard Korman - Engineering News-Record

On the first morning of 2021, laborer Mason Mack Harris, 25, reported for work that would have qualified for extra holiday pay. On that New Year’s Day, the onsite manager for his employer, Midwest Demolition Co., assigned Harris and a workmate to complete demolition of a 9-ft-high concrete balcony slab at a children’s home renovation project in Lincoln, Neb. According to U.S. Labor Dept. records, they used a concrete saw since neighbors had complained about jackhammer noise from earlier work.

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