All lawful construction businesses operate under highly regulated conditions where there are comprehensive legal guidelines in place around every aspect of how their company interacts with the natural world and what it is doing to maintain the health and safety of workers and any other community stakeholders connected to the outputs of a construction project.
Construction businesses have a vested interest in complying with EHS regulations because failure to do so could result in loss of life, critical losses to public image, construction project delays, and the potential to be put out of business if economic losses or legal violations are severe enough to lead to losses of licensure.
To put the importance of EHS compliance within the construction industry in context, consider one of the most serious workplace accidents of all time which lead to some of the highest ever OSHA EHS penalties ever rendered in the United States:
On February 7th, 2010 a natural gas explosion at the Kleen Energy Power Plant under construction in Middletown, Connecticut resulted in the death of 6 workers, injuries to more than 50 employees, $8,347,000 in penalties rendered by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over $16.6 million in damages issued to Keystone Construction & Maintenance and Blue Water Solutions following a federal investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Board (CSB) determined that the accident occurred as a direct result of improper management and employee negligence.
In this article, learn more about the importance of EHS compliance for construction industry service providers.