OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is promoting to all construction companies to participate in a National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down. The purpose of the Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 302 of the 828 construction workers that died at work in 2013. Those deaths were preventable!
What is a Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down? A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about "Fall Hazards and to reinforce the importance of the "Fall Prevention."
OSHA is promoting this Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down on billboards in the Chicago Area.
I.D.I. will be participating in this Safety Stand-Down and here is how:
On Monday, 5/11/15 we are advising all Safety Coordinators to gather our crews and to all perform the same fall protection toolbox talk. The toolbox talk that we want everyone to perform is in your Safety Coordinator Manuals. It is under the Fall Protection tab of your manual, it is toolbox talk # FP8 and it is called: What is Fall Protection? After gathering your crews and performing the toolbox talk, have our employees, including yourself, sign the toolbox talk signature roster and turn that into our Safety Director as usual. We in turn have to advise OSHA as to how many employees participated in the Stand-Down. OSHA's goal is to have 1 million construction workers participate in the Stand-Down.
Let's work as a team to make this Safety Stand-Down a success by getting everyone involved and participating. We thank you in advance for your help and for being a leader of safety. Your efforts help us to live up to our safety mission statement: "Everyone Goes Home Alive And In The Same Condition As They Arrived; Your Loved Ones Count On It!" Should you have any questions, please contact our Safety Director, Safety Pete at (847) 417-1689.
Have a Safe Day!