SMACNA member firms reported a lost workday incidence rate below the national average of 4.4 for specialty trade contractors.

Member firms of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association reported in the 2002 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program a lost workday incidence rate below the national average of 4.4 for specialty trade contractors.

The average lost workday incidence rate for responding SMACNA firms was 3.99, falling below 4.0 for the first time and declining from the 4.04 reported last year.

Consistent with last year's safety survey results, nearly one-third of responding SMACNA contractors reported zero lost workdays during the 2001 calendar year.

The number of SMACNA contractors reporting that their firm has instituted a formal drug and alcohol abuse program continues to increase with 65% confirming the placement of such a program. These firms also accounted for 85% of the total man-hours worked by responding firms.

Ninety-four percent of SMACNA contractors reported they had a written safety and health program, and 93% stated their firm has a designated safety coordinator within their organization. There is also an increasing trend toward offering weekly and monthly safety training. Close to 200 firms reported a weekly training schedule with close to 150 firms preferring a monthly training schedule.

The survey received more than 300 responses this year, totaling more than 66 million man-hours worked.

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