Construction executives pinpointed a shift from lagging to leading safety indicators enabled by technology during a 2023 New York Build Conference panel session.
“When it comes to safety, we only think of it when something happens. Those indicators are lagging safety indicators in the accident,” said Mark Drozdov, an environmental health and safety industry expert and university professor at The Cooper Union, a New York City-based private college. “The fact is, it’s the leading indicators that we need to focus on. I was very impressed by some of the technology that’s available out there on those specifically.”
The construction industry traditionally analyzes labor safety in terms of total recordable incident or experience modifier rates. That’s an issue, because both of those ratings look backward at accidents, and are not the best way to prevent future accidents, said Drozdov.
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