No factor has weighed heavier than COVID-19 on how companies in every industry treated their employee’s safety in 2020 and 2021. Although construction was considered an essential operation during the lockdowns of early 2020, onsite safety issues caused many jobsites to close for fear of spreading the coronavirus among workers. Remote work was hardly possible for trade and skilled workers on construction projects, although some office activities were allowed to be done from home.
Indeed, COVID-19 and new technologies developed during the pandemic are creating significant changes in how contractors manage safety, according to a new study from Dodge Data & Analytics. However, there are stark variations in how companies of different sizes are responding, with small employers lagging behind their larger peers.