As commercial construction shows signs of renewed vigor, safety will again come into sharp focus. Since 2011, construction has ranked second among all industries in the number of fatal workplace injuries. A new whitepaper by the ACE group, “Building a Proactive Safety Culture in the Construction Industry,” discusses the critical need for construction companies to build a culture of safety that is ingrained at all levels. Below are 12 key steps to keep in mind. For a complete copy of the paper, visit here.

1. Start at the top
2. Make safety committees and safety managers a part of the job
3. Recognize success, but hold everyone accountable
4. Plan safety into the project
5. Prequalify subcontractors for safety
6. Train workers for safety
7. Focus on fall management
8. Combat substance abuse
9. Evaluate each project phase for safety
10. Make safety an everyday topic
11. Review accidents and near misses
12. Work with your insurer and risk management experts