Health and safety is about saving lives, limiting injuries and ensuring the well-being of Laborers.

Nothing makes this point clearer than the poster on our back cover.

Health and safety is also about helping health and welfare fund administrators manage scarce resources and signatory employers sustain their bottom lines.

Several articles in this issue make that point clear as well.

In one case, we look into Member Assistance Programs and discover, not only that they greatly assist Laborers and their family members with personal problems, but that they also help fund administrators ensure quality health care at affordable rates.

We also look into how – specifically – good, on-the-job safety and health programs control workers’ compensation costs and improve profitability. It turns out that employers should focus on sprain and strain prevention and supervisor training to generate maximum return on their safety investment.

We continue to welcome feedback on our magazine and suggestions for topics of further investigation and reporting.