Keeping Contractors Safe
Contract workers are a vulnerable population. Of the 5,147 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2017, 800 were contracted workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – a 50% increase since 2011.
With contractors often performing higher-risk jobs with little to no supervision, it is a best practice for employers to have a formal contractor management program.
The National Safety Council conducted an independent study, Making the Case for Contractor Management: Examining the Safety Benefits of Third-Party Management, with data supplied by BROWZ, LLC (now Avetta). This study examines the impact of contractor management programs – specifically prequalification – on the safety of contractors in the BROWZ database. The contractors in the study were found to have better average Total Recordable Rates (TRR), Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rates, and Lost Workday Rates (LWR) within individual industries and all industries as a whole.
Campbell Institute research reveals a simple but comprehensive lifecycle approach to manage all stages of contractor relationships.
Safety+Health magazine explores why safety remains a challenge for this often-vulnerable segment of the workforce.
NSC Workplace Consulting is a comprehensive support system offering assessments, compliance assistance, safety management system design and implementation and leadership development to create a culture of safety in your workforce. Learn more.