Subcontractors perform 80% to 90% of the work on many construction projects, yet little research has examined subcontractor best practices in safety. Instead, most construction safety studies have focused on the general contractor level. Worker safety has become a subject of considerable interest in the construction industry, where many firms no longer accept injuries as being a normal part of the construction process. Employees of subcontractors are placed at risk when good safety practices are lacking, thus it is each subcontractor's responsibility to mitigate these risks. Roofing work is responsible for a high rate of injuries in the construction industry. The Hispanic population in the US is increasing at the fastest rate compared to other ethnic groups. A survey was developed to investigate the safety practices of Florida roofing contractors to examine their experiences with Hispanic employees. Survey responses provided information on typical safety practices being implemented.
Occupational Hazards Peer-Reviewed Safety in Roofing Practices of Contractors That Employ Hispanic Workers By Svetlana Olbina, Jimmie Hinze and Matt Ruben IN BRIEF •Small construction firms, es- S pecially specialty contractors, ubcontractors perform 80% to placed at risk when good safety practices are lack- face challenges in providing 90% of the work on many con- ing, thus it is each subcontr
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