By Andy Carlo
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent letters to more than 13,500 employers--including hundreds directed at the construction supply industry (see list below)--warning them that their injury and illness rates were "considerably higher than the national average."
Major LBM dealers on the list include facilities run by 84 Lumber, BMC West, Builders FirstSourcem and ProBuild. But their numbers were nowhere close to letters received by Home Depot and Lowe's, which received 189 and 163 warning letters, respectively.
In a news release, OSHA caled the letter a "proactive step to encourage employers to take action now to reduce these rates and improve safety and health conditions in their workplaces."
"Employers whose businesses have injury and illness rates this high need to take immediate steps to protect their workers," Jordan Barab, the acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, said in the letter.
"Our goal is to make employers aware of their high injury and illness rates and to get them to eliminate hazards in their workplace. To help them in this regard, OSHA offers free assistance programs to help employers better protect the safety and health of their workers," Barab went on to say.
According to OSHA, it identified businesses with the nation's highest rates of workplace injuries and illnesses through employer-reported data from a 2008 survey of 80,000 worksites. Those that received notifications had rates more than twice the national average among all U.S. workplaces for injuries resulting in days away from work, restricted work activity, or job transfer.
This spreadsheet lists companies dealing with lumber and building materials--both as manufacturers and retailers--that received OSHA's letter. Click here if you have trouble reading or using this spreadsheet.