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6 Ways to Prevent Construction Site Accidents:
What Every Worker Should Know

Interview Leading Safety Expert Patrick Tarrant

1 in 10 construction workers are injured each year. (sourceIn NYC alone, construction related fatalities almost doubled in just one year. (Source

Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in America and it is going to get worse if we do not make changes.

The newly issued Construction Safety Act aims to address these issues however according to leading safety expert, Patrick Tarrant, it fails to address the real problem.

As the founder of Crane Management in NYC, Tarrant has seen these safety problems first hand over the last 40 years and has identified six resources needed to safely complete any task, not just in construction.


These 6 resources are known as the acronym PERMIT:

According to Tarrant, PERMIT will eliminate deaths and serious injuries in the construction industry.


P (Personnel):

The people selected to perform must be capable of performing the task safely. This may involve training, certification, demonstrating or just explaining the task. The appropriate number of people must be assigned to the task. A clear chain of command must be established. Backup personnel must be available in case a crewmember doesn’t show up.

E (Equipment):

A thorough assessment must be made of the task to be accomplished and a list of every tool and piece of equipment that’s needed should be prepared. It is important to reference the number of workers and ensure that no tools must be shared.

R (Room to work):

In every task an assessment must be made of the space needed to store materials, store equipment and have access to the work area. This applies equally to setting up a large crawler crane on site or tiling a bathroom.

M (Material):

Obviously, no work can be done unless the material is on site in sufficient quantities to allow work to proceed in a manner consistent with the number of workers assigned to that task, the room available to stage the material and the schedule. Often there is just enough room to stage material for a few days and then get resupplied when the space frees up. It takes careful planning to work on a JIT (just in time) schedule.

I (Information):

It can be a difficult task to stay up to date with all the revisions, addendums, schedules, RFIs (requests for information) site safety plans and subcontractor shop drawings but it is a vital part of any construction project. All this information must be available to the lead person on site. It is not enough to have it in different locations in the field office; copies should be made and given to the lead person in the form of a job kit.

T (Time):

There’s never time to do it right; there’s always time to do it over. This is a fact of life in the construction business. It is important to accurately assess the time required to complete the task allowing for all possible contingencies such as weather delays, absenteeism, power failures, fire drills, elevator or hoist breakdowns and emergencies. Float or makeup time should also be included in the assessment.

“When these resources are identified, and procured before commencement of the work, an accident is virtually impossible.”

There are safety professionals on all large construction projects but the accidents continue. It’s time to recognize the need for management safety training to complement the worker safety training that is mandatory.



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Patrick Tarrant is the founder and CEO of Crane Management, a consulting agency for construction companies in New York City.  A well-known industry professional with over 40 years experience, Tarrant is frequently hired as an expert witness in construction and safety cases. He is a Certified Hoist Operator, Master Rigger, AWS Welding Inspector, and is trained in all areas of crane operations (LBT, LBC, TLL, TSS, BTF, STC, & TWR)


An OSHA Authorized Safety Instructor, Tarrant is on a mission to keep the job site safe for workers.

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