Yesterday’s floor collapse during construction at Temple University and the recent deaths associated with a collapsing structure on Market Street remind us of what all of us in the construction industry should contemplate every morning before work: 4609 workers were killed on the job in 2011. On average, nearly THIRTEEN construction laborers die on the job every day.
Compare that with 418 U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan in 2011, and 54 that year in Iraq.
Hard hat workers put their lives on the line every day to build us the structures our nation needs to grow and prosper. The rest of us in the industry should constantly focus our attention on what can be done to keep our job sites safe and accident-free.