Magazine article Occupational Hazards


Magazine article Occupational Hazards


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Safety Leaders

Your comments about much of safety continuing to focus on government regulations in "Safety Manager or Leader?" (Editor's Notebook, March 2000) are right on. In the construction industry, companies and individuals want to know, "What is the OSHA requirement?" They either do not know or choose to ignore the fact that OSHA regulations are the minimum safety requirements.

The construction industry continues to be one of the leaders in accidents and fatalities -- a dubious distinction. Until management, supervision, workers, safety people and organizations representing organized labor buy into the fact that there is technology and methods for protecting workers from injuries and death, the construction industry will continue to suffer accidents.

There are companies and individual safety people in the construction industry who are making a sincere effort to improve safety on the work sites. Unfortunately, they are in a minority. Let's hope that their efforts will catch on and change the ways the construction industry looks at and implements safety.

J. Robert Harrell


Safety Management Services

San Diego

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