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Residential By Joshua Estrin BUSTING CONSTRUCTION SAFETY MYTHS W hile statistics speak volumes, the reality regarding worker/jobsite safety is that it is not a new concept but instead a topic that has been discussed, rehashed, ignored and revisited. As of late, the topic has risen from the ashes, much like the mythical Phoenix, to live again in our industry, which by its own account is one of the most hazardous ways in which to make a living. Most would quickly recognize what have become two of the most iconic photographs – decades old images that artfully display an all too precarious truth, an array of non-fall protected construction workers building what could arguably be considered two of the most recognizable architectural landmarks in the United States, the Empire State Building and the George Washington Bridge. Industry insiders, experts, foreman and the multitude of others comprising a multifaceted 24 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 and multicultural workforce are aware that working without fall protection is simply an accident waiting to happen. More than a handful of the industry, as well as the general public, are probably not as aware that five ironworkers died as a result of falls during the construction of the Empire State Building, and many workers died during the construction of the George Washington Bridge. While at first glance the industry appears to prioritize safety, one must question if this is a truth or simply a new twist on an old problem that has re-emerged as a media savvy buzzword and a cause célèbre when in truth, denial and an inability to approach safety proactively rather than reactively continue to cost the industry millions of dollars and untold human suffering. Very little in life happens in a straight line, and the construction industry is no exception. But when addressing safety, the delineation between “truth” and “myth” is too important and therefore must be addressed with unwavering candor and integrity because although it appears construction safety has become an industry-wide battle cry, it still remains a cruel oxymoron. Few would argue that the word “safety” can be found over and over again in construction project documents such as agreements with owners, subcontracts, purchase orders, specifications, loss prevention manu- http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January/February 2013

Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
Last Look

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