- Construction Safety Week, the annual, weeklong campaign to raise awareness of the industry’s commitment to a safe workplace, begins May 1 across jobsites in the U.S. and Canada.
- This year’s theme — “Strong Voices, Safe Choices” — advocates for everyone in the workplace to feel empowered and confident in speaking up when they see potential safety hazards.
- 2023 Safety Week members include Hensel Phelps, Mortenson, Gilbane, Granite, Suffolk and Fluor, among various other construction firms. A full list of members can be found on Construction Safety Week’s website.
Construction Safety Week provides daily topics for companies to plan activities, conversations and demonstrations throughout the week.
Events this year include discussions around engagement, risk identification, brain health, continued education and action. Fundamental to these topics include conversations around two key components of safety: mental wellness in the industry and encouraging the switch from traditional hard hats to safety helmets, according to the release.
“Safety in the industry is our top priority. Our goal is to provide the tools and resources for individuals and companies to continue making all jobsites safer,” said Mike Burke, 2023 Safety Week chair and chief operating officer at Alberici, a St. Louis-based construction engineering firm. “We encourage those making a commitment to safety during the campaign to commit to a higher safety standard throughout the year.”
Ahead of the Safety Week kickoff on May 1, workers and companies across the construction industry are encouraged to take a safety pledge between now and May 4. The pledge reinforces their commitment to support and build a strong safety culture.
Construction Safety Week kicks off this Monday of October 14th, and is being held through Saturday October 19th.
Construction Safety Week is an annual event aimed at improving safety on construction sites worldwide. This week highlights safety and health initiatives while raising awareness of best practices. The goal of this week is to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on construction sites each year.
This year’s Construction Safety Week theme is “Safety Culture is Contagious”. This theme promotes a culture of safety in the workplace, where employees and contractors are focused on safety measures, and know what to do if an unsafe work condition is noticed.
Throughout this week, construction organizations worldwide are requested to participate in activities to help improve safety on their job sites. These activities include conducting safety vaccinations, increasing visibility of safety policies, training on emergency response measures, and improving communication with subcontractors.
Additionally, construction sites can take advantage of helpful safety resources. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided a wealth of information to promote workforce safety and reduce the risk of injury or illness on construction sites.
Construction Safety Week aims to make a positive and lasting impact on the safety of construction workers everywhere. With this week as an opportunity to raise safety awareness and to take an active role in preventing workplace injuries, construction organizations worldwide should take advantage of this initiative.