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Construction Risk Advisor - March 2018
Commercial construction sites are especially susceptible to
risks like fire, water damage and theft. A good surveillance system is a vital
risk mitigation tool. Look for the following must-haves when choosing a
surveillance system for your construction site:
protection, fencing and property signage—These additions could make
criminals think twice before committing theft or arson.
for live monitoring—This can allow for early detection of a problem and
identify perpetrators of crimes. A system that offers live monitoring may be
used to notify emergency services during off hours, reducing damage, business
interruption and claims costs. Some insurance companies even require a
surveillance system with live monitoring on-site.
all-weather cameras with pan-tilt-zoom, day and night vision, power backup and
two-way voice capabilities.
Minimized service interruption—Choose
a surveillance company that can quickly repair or replace damaged equipment.
According to a 2017 study, construction workers are among
the most susceptible to opioid abuse, second only to employees in the food
service industry. When workers are under the influence of opioids, they put
themselves, their co-workers and the general public at risk of serious
Few construction company officials discuss the issue
publicly, fearing negative publicity and the risk of higher insurance and
workers’ compensation rates. However, it’s important for them to understand why
opioids are a problem and take preventive measures.
Representatives from the construction industry believe the
reason for excessive opioid abuse is that the aging workforce, combined with
the fact that fewer young people are entering the industry, leads to older
workers being expected to do more manual labor than they were in the past. Before
the shortage of skilled labor, aging employees might have focused more on
drawing and supervising instead of physically strenuous work. After injury,
many aging workers turn to opioids to help them work through the pain.
If an employer notices a worker who might be struggling with
opioid abuse, offering to help may not only prevent an accident on a job site,
it can also prevent sizeable punitive damages. Some companies enforce a
no-tolerance policy, and it is common for unions to offer some sort of rehabilitation
To prevent opioid abuse from happening to begin with, some
companies issue rewards to employees for maintaining safe work environments. In
return, firms with safe work histories have an opportunity to negotiate better
premiums with their insurance carriers.