PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- For Robert M. Pope, New London resident
, there is no price that could be put on a human life; however, a recent series of construction accidents--including fatalities--in the Philadelphia area have linked cost decisions to overall job site safety. Pope--founder and consultant at ACS Solutions--says the recent string of incidents in Pennsylvania may mirror a more national trend in job site hazards, that of contractors comprising employee safety for cost.
A recent article
from Philly.com describes, "Six people died and 14 were injured when a Center City building collapsed on the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22d and Market Streets on June 5. A construction worker wound up at Temple Hospital on July 11 when a steel beam fell at the $137 million Science Education and Research Center now under construction at Temple's campus. A gas explosion on Daly Street in South Philadelphia on July 29 sent the contractor, badly burned, to the hospital and destroyed homes in the area. And on [August 7], a man was injured in a fall at a construction site..."
Robert M. Pope, New London safety professional, comments, "While these incidents may appear to be rather frequent in such an isolated area, many may be surprised to learn that such accidents are not uncommon. In fact, according to 2011 OSHA statistics, out of the 4,188 employee deaths in the private sector, 738 of those were in the construction industry alone. That is a fairly significant amount, and those figures do not include non-fatal injuries." According to the Philly.com article, Vincent A. Gallagher--a former OSHA inspector--construction accidents happen so often due to cost.
According to Robert M. Pope, New London professional, the article provides a good example of trench safety expenses and how cost can impact worker safety. While the article describes three different measures of protecting workers in job site trenches, it also notes that none of those precautions are "cheap." Specifically, the article states, "The typical job of running a sewer line from the street to a house might elicit a bid of $1,800 or one for $6,800. Big difference--but, Gallagher said, it's the difference between a safe job and a dangerous one. That kind of gap provides a powerful incentive for taking shortcuts."
"Clearly, cutting safety can improve overall expense--if there are no accidents. However, that is not a risk any construction company should take. While there really is no price to be put on a human life, if an injury or death does occur on site, a contractor will end up paying a great deal more a result than what the original precaution would have cost," Robert M. Pope, New London construction safety professional concludes.
Robert M. Pope, New London resident
, is a leader within the field of safety having developed a strong and diverse career. From working as a Safety Engineer for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill recovery in the 1980s to assisting with the development of the World Trade Center Memorial, Pope has shown a breadth of skill that has not only been appreciated across the country, but throughout the engineering and building industries as well. With such a refined approach to jobsite safety, Pope became motivated to found his own consulting and management firm known as ACS Solutions which was established in 2012.