In January 2012, the Ironworkers launched a new worksite safety campaign, with the goal of “zero fatalities, and the first figures in show that Countdown to Zero” is making a difference and saving lives (see chart below).
One of the key tools was the development of a list of the 12 most dangerous, deadly construction workplace hazards ironworkers face on a regular basis, from falls due to inadequate floor coverings to materials handling to electrical hazards. Workers are urged to “See Something—Say Something” if they discover safety hazards on the job.
The message is being delivered through worksite posters, hardhat stickers and union publications, at union meetings and via webinars.
Brennan Gamwell, communications director of IMPACT, the labor-management partnership between the Ironworkers and contractors, says:
Ironworking is an inherently dangerous trade. With that said, we’re marking serious inroads when it comes to combating worker fatalities and recordable injuries.