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Construction workers “stand down” to prevent falls

News | June 30, 2014 | By:

General contractor Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P), conducted a coast-to-coast effort to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction.

The national stand-down event, held June 2–6 and initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), encourages construction employers and workers to pause during the workday to talk about fall prevention and discuss topics such as ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work.

In total, 1,389 workers on 39 Adolfson & Peterson Construction job sites from Seattle, Wash., to Charlotte, N.C., participated in the individual “stand-downs” during the week. Programs followed OSHA guidelines for fall protection education, and workers received recognition for participating.

According to OSHA statistics, falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the construction industry. The National Stand-Down is part of OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign, which started in 2012. As part of the campaign, OSHA provided employers with education materials and provided a means for participating workers to receive personalized certificates.

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