Commercial construction leaders have voiced concern for higher safety risks resulting from a shortage of skilled workers, according to the most recent survey conducted by USG Corp. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Commercial Construction Index for the third quarter of 2018 was released Sept. 6. More than 2,700 online survey responses were taken from industry leaders such as general contractors and construction managers, among others between July 11 and July 20.
“This quarter, we heard that the scarce talent pool is affecting more than schedule performance and jobsite efficiency — 80 percent of contractors agree that the skilled labor shortage also impacts jobsite safety.”
Over half of the respondents reported that workers lacking skills are increasing safety risks, and 62 percent say those workers will continue to increase safety risks in the next three years.
“The commercial construction industry is growing, but the labor shortage remains unresolved,” USG President and CEO Jennifer Scanlon said in a press release. “As contractors are forced to do more with less, a renewed emphasis on safety is imperative to the strength and health of the industry. It continues to be important for organizations to build strong and comprehensive safety programs.”