CMs to Tackle Rise in Industry's Injury & Illness Rate
In 2016, the truss manufacturing industry experienced an unusually high rate of work-related injuries and illnesses. In data collected and reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, incident rates in the truss manufacturing industry (just over 10 of every 100 full-time workers) were similar to those of local police forces, and lower than only nursing and veterinary services.
Talk to any SBCA member and it’s clear that there’s no shortage of reasons why people love this industry. Still – fabricating trusses offers many opportunities for injury if safety best practices aren’t followed.
In 2018, the SBCA Safety Committee, which is made up of as many industry newcomers as veterans, is taking steps to help members protect their most valuable asset: their people.
Currently, one subcommittee is reviewing and updating the Operation Safety manual. If you’ve used the program, or if you ever evaluated the program and found it wasn’t a perfect fit for your operation, please let us know your thoughts. SBCA’s goal is to make sure this industry-specific program meets the needs of CMs and is adaptable for unique situations.
The committee is also hoping to collect and report more safety data this year. So keep an eye out for surveys as well as updates on industry trends and regulations. Another goal of the committee for 2018: build a comprehensive library of safety resources, from document templates and case studies to meeting topics and training materials. Watch for updates on this project as it develops, and let us know if there’s a particular resource you’re hoping SBCA can offer.
Finally, the SBCA Safety Committee is dedicated to being a resource for every SBCA member. Whether you’re just starting your safety leadership journey or you’re looking for advice to solve a recurring safety issue in your plant, the individuals below are eager to take your calls and emails, offer ideas and, if needed, bring your concerns to the committee for a strategic discussion. Reach out to a committee member nearby for insight into the issues unique to your region or just to talk through safety ideas and any issues that may not have reached your market yet. Most importantly, stay safe in 2018!
–SBCA Safety Committee
Jason Ward, Committee Chair
Rancho Cucamonga, California
951-657-7491 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester, New York
845-469-9191 • email@example.com
301-855-5700 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter Systems Limited
410-876-3900 • email@example.com
703-335-9000 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Stark Truss Company
330-478-2100 • email@example.com
Grand Rapids, Michigan
616-446-9230 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Byron Center, Michigan
616-455-0800 • email@example.com
Big C Lumber Truss & Panel
269-782-5900 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Huskey Truss & Building Supply
615-890-9410 • email@example.com
Plum Building Systems
515-978-6269 • firstname.lastname@example.org
St Paul, Minnesota
651-365-3629 • email@example.com
218-631-2607 • firstname.lastname@example.org
San Antonio, Texas
210-304-2496 • email@example.com