NJ Laborers Health and Safety Fund: Helping a Contractor Save Time,
Money and Lives
When a medium-sized contractor based out of Northern New Jersey
realized he was having trouble adhering to the safety and health
standards required by OSHA, he called the Laborers. This contractor
was pretty successful; he was able to expand his business a great
deal during the past few years, yet he still could not afford to
keep a safety director on staff full-time.
OSHA regulations were very complex and there were many areas he
didn't quite understand. That's where the Laborers and their labor-management
funds could help. A certified safety professional employed by the
New Jersey Laborers' Health and Safety
Fund (NJLHSF) reached out to the contractor and together they
developed a plan. First, the NJLHSF visited the contractor's work
site and performed a job site analysis to identify hazards. Using
a comprehensive checklist designed by the Fund, both parties walked
the site, observing both work practices and workplace conditions.
From there NJLHSF was able to offer recommendations and help develop
In this case solutions included, providing the contractor with a
Model Safety Program, which the
contractor used to develop his own safety program and adhere to
OSHA requirements. NJLHSF also provided instructional materials,
which could be used for toolbox talks and safety meetings. But that's
Recognizing a need for specialized training, the NJLHSF member referred
the contractor to another labor-management fund, the Laborers-AGC
Training Fund. Providing the construction industry with a highly
skilled, dependable workforce is paramount to LIUNA. As such, the
Laborers work hard to provide up-to-date apprenticeship and training
to all of its members. The contractor requested help training members
on how to build and properly use scaffold. Based on the Training
Director's recommendations, the Training Fund established an eight-hour
scaffold user class, which was held at the work-site in the Fund's
mobile training unit. In all 15 employees received this training
a couple of them from other trades. Two other employees of
the contractor were sent to the Laborers' Training Center to participate
in a 40-Hour Scaffold Builder class, and were eventually designated
as competent workers, as defined by OSHA regulations.
All of the services provided, the safety consultation, the materials,
the training, came at no cost to the contractor. It is part of the
services offered to all signatory contractors, With the assistance
from the NJ Laborers' Health and Safety Fund and the NJ Laborers'
Training Funds, this contractor was on the right track and better
able to compete in the competitive construction market.
Note: Working safe not only prevents illness and injury and save
it also saves time and money. Thanks to placing a greater
emphasis on his health and safety program. This contractor was able
to reduce his Insurance Rating from 1.4 to a .73. This has saved
him thousands of dollars in insurance cost
enough to hire his
own safety director.
To find out how the Laborers' Union and its labor-management funds
can help you, contact us at UnionWorks@njlaborers.org.
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