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A new employers’ study has shown non-union construction sites in the US have several times more fatalities than unionised sites. In a blog post, construction union IBEW noted: “It may not be news to those in the business, but new numbers back up what IBEW and other union construction members already know: there’s safety in a union.” IBEW added: “New York’s Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA), which represents more than 1,300 contractors in New York City, recently released new statistics using data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It found that union construction workers in the Big Apple are five times less likely to suffer a fatal accident compared to their non-union counterparts.” IBEW international president Lonnie R Stephenson commented: “IBEW members and employers have safety baked into every aspect of the job; it’s par for the course for us. It’s always great to see our experiences backed up with solid data.” BTEA chief executive Lou Coletti said the study “shows that year in and year out, union construction firms are the safest in New York City. That’s because when you have a skilled and experienced union workforce, the quality of work is better and safety is not just prioritised – it’s part of the culture. These statistics make that clear.” According to the statistics, there were 18 fatalities in 2018, with only four on BTEA sites. The union contractors also received 33 per cent fewer violations per project than their non-union counterparts, and 25 per cent fewer stop work orders.
Ucomm blog. BTEA summary statistics.
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