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Survey finds construction industry lax on safety

According to a recent study by the National Safety Council, nearly 60 percent of those who work in the construction industry said that safety is not considered as important as getting the job completed. In response, the NSC is saying that construction employers in South Carolina and across the nation should renew a commitment to workplace safety.

The NSC conducted the survey on 2,000 employees from 14 industries. In the survey, more than half who work in the construction industry said that those in charge only fulfill the minimum requirements pertaining to safety laws. More than 45 percent said employees are fearful of reporting safety issues.

Overall, 36 percent of the surveyed workers said that they feel their employers make productivity more important than workplace safety issues. Furthermore, roughly half of those surveyed said that performance standards for job tasks are higher than for safety. In regards to safety sessions at worksites, about half of those surveyed said there should be more of them.

Of the 4,836 occupational fatalities that happened in 2015, 937 were construction workers. The second leading cause of workplace fatalities is from falls, and more than 50 percent of those who die from work-related falls are construction industry employees.

Whenever an employee suffers an on-the-job illness or injury, workers' compensation benefits typically cover a portion of the worker's medical costs and lost wages during the time he or she is recovering. Likewise, family members who lose a loved one in a workplace accident may be able to collect death and burial benefits by filing workers' compensation claims.

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