Construction Fatality Rate Significantly Declines
“There is no doubt that the collaborative approach is working,” said Chuck Penn, the executive director of the association’s Shreveport, Louisiana chapter. “While even one fatality is too many, it is hard to think of another government program providing so much improvement in so little time.”
The collaborative safety approach represented a significant shift in federal safety oversight when it was first introduced by the Clinton Administration, Penn noted. The approach creates incentives for companies to find and fix safety problems before incidents occur while maintaining strong penalties for companies that let safety problems lag until someone is hurt.