Case Study: Laborer Safety Training for Small to Mid-Sized General Contractors

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Kuehter, Shawn
small to mid sized; general contractor; safety spending; case study; laborers; Construction Engineering and Management
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The purpose of this study is to determine a relationship between safety spending and the resulting safety records for small to mid sized construction companies, particularly general contractors, and build on existing safety practices. It will shed light on why safety spending in construction is a very important aspect to include in any company’s budget. A case study of Quiring General, LLC, a small to mid sized general contractor based out of Fresno, CA will be the core of this paper as it includes examples of injuries of laborers and their impact they have. The impact focused on in this paper is limited to replacement of crewmembers after an injury has taken place. Consequently, the results will be a conservative estimate. An analysis of several scenarios are used to determine how much Quiring should increase their safety training spending on their laborers. The results showed that an increase of 15% to 25% would be most reasonable.