Join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction May 8-12

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. What is a Safety Stand-Down? A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on fall hazards and reinforcing the importance of fall prevention. It’s an … Read more

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Safety First: A Look at the Latest Safety Measures and Equipment

New standards, safety gear help workers take a stand against injuries By Chris Maday Schmidt It goes without saying that the number one priority for superintendents is the safety of their crews and subcontractors. And that the number one goal is 100 percent zero incidents so that every worker goes home, unscathed, at the end of each day. Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, according to OSHA. And, when compared to all industries, the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this … Read more

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National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction Presents Webinar

At 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 1, the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction presents Getting Ready for the 2017 Safety Stand-Down. The speakers for the webinar include: Chris Trahan Cain, executive director, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training Christine Branche, Ph.D., principal associate director, NIOSH, and director, Office of Construction Safety and Health Dean McKenzie, Director, OSHA directorate of construction Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for 1/3 of on-the-job injuries and deaths in the industry. In 2012, CPWR, NIOSH and OSHA together launched a national construction fall prevention campaign. … Read more

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Firms Participate in National Safety Stand-Down May 2-6

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In 2014, almost 40 percent of all construction fatalities were fall related, and all of these deaths were preventable. That’s the key message the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to deliver to employers and workers alike during its third annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls from May 2-6. Falls continue to be the construction industry’s leading cause of death; each year, hundreds of workers die and thousands more suffer catastrophic, debilitating injuries. Despite these chilling statistics, the absence of proper fall protection remains the violation cited most frequently by federal safety … Read more

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