Last Sunday, a small work site in South Jersey’s Piscataway became subject to investigation when a 59 year old construction worker was killed by a bulldozer. Unfortunately, we’ve heard this news before.
Like its neighboring states, New Jersey is continually in construction. Trailing behind California, Florida, New York, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and North Carolina; New Jersey ranks eight in states with the most established construction firms. With over 23,000 construction companies in the state alone, New Jersey is liable for the safety and well-being of approximately 164,099 developers, contractors, carpenters, electricians, and plumbers roaming around the state’s 8,000 square feet of hazardous land.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is responsible for over 720 fatal work injuries; that’s approximately 8.9 deaths per 100,000 full-time workers. The construction industry must take a proactive stance in prioritizing safety management above all else.
According to McGraw Hill’s report entitled Safety Management in the Construction Industry, factors that drive the implementation of strong safety management practices include the following:
- Concern about Worker Health and Well-Being
- Insurance Costs
- Liability Concerns
- Avoiding Potential Business Disruption
- Owner/Client Demand
- Regulatory Requirements
- Desire to Improve Productivity
- Past Incidents Involving Worker Health and Well-Being
- Industry Leadership in Overall Safety Culture
- Competitive Advantage
However, there are also several factors that actually discourage the implementation of the strong safety management practices. This includes:
- Increased Costs
- Lower Productivity
- Lack of Organization Commitment
- Impact of Competitiveness
At Vreeland Insurance, we provide many construction firms throughout with New Jersey business insurance programs designed to protect the value they’ve built. We also specialize in a number of industries, delivering a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that has earned us a stellar reputation throughout the Garden State. Our access to several top-rated insurance companies gives us the advantage of offering competitive rates that our customers can afford. Contact us for more information about how we can serve your construction firms insurance needs. Call us at 877.755.3767