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NORA Economics Sector Strategic Goals

927ZBEW - Effects of Safety Training at Washington Group International

Start Date: 10/1/2007
End Date: 9/30/2011

Principal Investigator (PI)
Phone: (513) 533-8331
Organization: NIOSH
Division: EID

Primary Goal Addressed

Secondary Goal Addressed

Attributed to Economics


Project Description


The primary mission of this project is to transfer the information of how safety training can affect the safety culture in an organization and reduce the firm's costs on Workers Compensation premiums and workplace injuries requiring time away from work. The problem lies in providing adequate health and safety training to reduce injuries and fatalities in workplaces. There are few firms that provide such health and safety trainings to their employees; Washington Group International (WGI) is one such firm. WGI is trying to get all their supervisors to be Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) certified. According to WGI, this training has effectively reduced the injuries and fatalities and also reduced the Workers Compensation premium, making it financially beneficial to the company. We are trying to test the hypothesis whetherthis STS certification process has been truly beneficial to WGI.


Washington Group International (WGI) experienced a large reduction in annual Workers Compensation insurance premiums and in injuries requiring time away from the job in the years 2000 through 2005. A major part of this reduction is attributed to the certification of its supervisors as Safety Trained Supervisors (STS), a certification of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. This project will obtain qualitative and quantitative information from WGI and evaluate whether the safety training program was profitable to the company. The outcomes, if proven to be beneficial to WGI, will be used to approach other firms in the industry to undergo similar training and get their supervisors safety-certified.


This project is still waiting to get the relevant data from WGI, so the only intermediate outcome of this is clearing the protocol through the Human Subjects Review Board.