Report Offers Eight Ways to Proactively Reduce Safety Incidents

According to Associated Builders and Contractors’ 2019 Safety Performance Report, companies that have reached the diamond level of ABC’s STEP safety management system are 680 percent safer than the BLS industry average (in terms of OSHA recordable incidents), and those with new hire orientations lasting more than 200 minutes improved their TRIR by 85 percent on average.
The report, available at, analyzes eight core leading indicators that have the most dramatic impact on incident prevention. For example, it’s impossible to hold toolbox safety talks too frequently: Conducting them daily rather than monthly resulted in an 85 percent reduction in TRIR.
Additionally, implementing a formal process to assess safety program needs and establish annual goals leads to a 50 percent reduction in DART rates, and contractors with substance abuse programs are 60 percent safer than those that don't do any alcohol or drug testing.