Update from Committee Week - April 2020

The International Council’s research for this session focused on the U.S. construction industry’s safety record compared to the construction safety record of other countries. The council discussed the many challenges in comparing the data such as revisions of international industrial classifications, and the variability of reporting sources that are used by different countries. Nonetheless, the council’s initial findings show that the U.S. rate of 16 fatalities per 100,000 workers in the construction industry is among the highest, compared to other industrial nations like Germany’s rate of 4 fatalities per 100,000 workers and the U.K.’s rate of 2.2 fatalities per 100,000 workers. The council is also researching the self- reporting methods used by various scaffold and access organizations including the U.K.’s Scaffold Council and National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC). The world is now grappling the with the COVID-19 Pandemic and, despite the world economies combined stimulus of $8 trillion, the International Monetary Fund is still projecting all 170 member nations’ GDP to have negative growth this year. A lot of attention has been paid to what different countries have done successfully to lower the fatalities and economic impact of the pandemic such as Sweden’s more nuanced lock down or South Korea’s success in in the quick deployment of testing. The scaffold and access industry should also consider what other countries and organizations are doing better in regards to policies that can improve the safety environment of our industry. This will be the continued research of the International Council.

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In addition to maintaining an understanding and sharing details of the global scaffold and access industry, the International Council is focused on bringing lessons learned from around the world back to the SAIA membership; with a goal to contributing to continuous development for SAIA members. 
Particular areas of interest include safety, product and erection practices, differing international standard in testing and certification, business etiquette unique to various cultures, and market conditions in different countries around the world. 



Financing Sites:
Meridian Finance Group
Export-Import Bank of the United States

Informational Exporting Sites:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Small Business Administration

Logistic Sites/Supply Chain:
American Shipper
Supply Chain Digest
V. Alexander & Co., Inc.
National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc.
The Airforwarders Association
American River Group of Companies

International Construction News Sites:
Global Energy World
World Construction Network
khl – first for global construction information

Sam Reese
StepUp Scaffold

Andrew Smith
Avontus Software Corp.