Insight: Safety First

Insight: Safety First

In every industry of the business world today, there is an ever-increasing push towards workplace health and safety.

Some figures indicate that Businesses spend upwards of $170 Billion dollars a year on workplace injury and illnesses and that the implementation and adherence to an in-depth Health & Safety program can save companies more than 20 to 40 percent of those related costs. (OSHA)

Increasingly more and more contracts are being awarded based on safety performance, including a contractor’s TRIR rating. TRIR stands for Total Recordable Incident Rate and is a figure calculated from data recorded on OSHA reporting logs.

Allstates Refractory Contractors would like to point out that there is a glaring issue with basing safety quality solely on a TRIR rating, as the calculations are based on 200,000 labor hours, which is 100 employees working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year.

Since the majority of smaller contracting firms do not house that number of employees, nor do they log 200,000 labor hours per year, the resulting TRIR rating can be highly skewed even when there is no performance change. In other words, a minor accident with no loss of time and no job restrictions or reassignment can cause a TRIR rating to increase exponentially. With that in mind, it becomes even more imperative for contractors like Allstates Refractory Contractors to make Health & Safety programs a priority.

As an industrial contractor supplying services to many customers in the glass, metals and petrochemical industries who have implemented substantial Health & Safety programs, ARC has been working diligently over the past few years to adhere to our Clients’ safety requirements.

Posted by Allstates Refractory Contractors

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