By Brad Sant, senior vice president of Safety & Education, ARTBA 

Transportation design and construction companies should strive to predict and respond to potential safety failures before someone gets injured or killed. A proven way to do so is to look at “leading indicators.”

Leading indicators are “proactive, preventive, and predictive measures that provide information about the effective performance of your safety and health activities,” according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “They measure events leading up to injuries, illnesses, and other incidents and reveal potential problems in your safety and health program.”

Leading indicators differ from “lagging indicators,” which measure the occurrence and frequency of events after they have occurred, such as the number or rate of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Read this OSHA document to learn more about how leading indicators can improve safety and health outcomes in the workplace.

ARTBA member firms Kiewit Corporation, Barriere Construction Co., Ames Construction, Superior Construction, Allan Myers, Granite Construction, Lane Industries, Burns & McDonnell, and Zachry Construction also have provided some of their safety insights and standards to help industry peers. These firms consistently out-perform national averages for safety.

Please review both of these great resources, and also get engaged with the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP) program. Together, we are saving lives.