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20 SAFETY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Contractor Management between the rates of safety performance improvement of the contractor data set and industry as a whole. Fifty-four percent of the time, the contractors in the data set had a stronger rate of improvement in TRR, DART, and LWR as compared to the BLS industry data. For question 4, results showed that the longer these contractors had been part of this prequalification company's program, the more their rate of safety improvement outper- formed industry averages. Data set contractors who joined in 2007, for example, saw an average 57 percent improvement in TRR between 2007 and 2015. e BLS reported an average 41 percent improvement in TRR between these same years. is indicates that the third-party prequalification company's contractors experienced an improvement in TRR of almost 16 percentage points above what all companies experienced between 2007 and 2015. e rate of improvement was great- est for those contractors who joined earlier. is suggests that prequalification may help contractors continually improve over time without seeing stagnation. Finally, analysis found that contractors in the data set who were already outperforming industry averages in key safety metrics continued to improve at or better than the rate of industry (question 5). It was anticipated that on an annual basis, better-performing contractors may find it more challenging to exceed industry improvement rates, as continually improving on smaller and smaller incident rates becomes increasingly more difficult. However, it appeared that better-performing contractors had just as much improvement as their lower-performing counterparts, despite their safety improvements being potentially more difficult to achieve. Improving Safety is study demonstrates not only that contractor manage- ment programs are important — and specifically the prequal- ification of contractors — but they are also effective at influencing contractors to improve safety performance. With better safety performance within and across the industry, and greater improvement in safety performance over time, the contractors within this third-party prequalification company's database are a testament to prequalification as a best practice and its ability to raise the standard of industry safety performance as a whole. CP Dr. Amy K . Harper is t he d irector for work place safet y init iat ives at t he Nat iona l Safet y Counci l. In her role, she is responsible for t he counci l 's st rateg ic planning for work place safet y and t he e xecut ion of t he counci l 's f irst advocac y init iat ive, ca l led t he Jour ney to Safet y Excel lence Campa ig n. She has been employed in t he f ield of safet y and hea lt h for 20 years, hav ing worked pr imar i ly in t he insurance indust r y. She hold s master's and doctorate deg rees in socia l and organi zat iona l psycholog y f rom Temple Universit y in Phi ladelphia. For more infor mat ion, contact: NSC, w w /cont ractor management

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