Leaders of 31 major construction firms agree that safety should not be proprietary. They are offering their ideas about how to make the industry a safer place to work by launching the first annual "Safety Week" on May 4-10, and they encourage large and small contractors across the country to join them in elevating and celebrating safety.
These firms belong to either the Construction Industry Safety Initiative or the Incident and Injury Free Executive Forum. The companies in the groups can be fierce competitors, but they also meet regularly and exchange ideas about safety. "We've seen too many people get hurt," says Robert Alger, CEO of Lane Construction and one of the organizers of Safety Week. Both groups seek an industry-wide safety transformation.