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By Lauren Masser
May 8, 2017
A construction worker is chipping a trash chute hole in the floor, and falls through to the level below. A painter-contractor working on a transmission tower unhooks his safety lanyard for just long enough to shift position and plummets 80 feet. Improperly secured safety scaffolding partially gives way and an unharnessed worker lands in the hospital. These scenarios are sadly not isolated events, or “once in a lifetime” accidents. “Falls from elevation” make up about a third of all construction worker fatalities. These deadly accidents are largely preventable. And OSHA is leading the way to ensuring we are not only aware, we are empowered to make a change; for the safety of everyone.
OSHA holds the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction every May. Last year, more than 2.5 million workers took a break from their job to participate in toolbox talks on fall prevention, performing safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, discussing job-specific hazards, and creating awareness of the importance of workplace safety. Here are 4 tips to hosting a successful stand-down:
Two of the top five OSHA violations weigh heavily on the construction industry and the increasing fines for those violations remind us that there is work still left to accomplish. But with knowledge, training, and continual awareness, any construction business has a much better chance of being a safe place to work.
For more tips on hosting a successful stand-down, check out this article by the U.S. Department of Labor.
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