year ago, OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR joined together with members of the
NORA Construction Sector Council to launch a nationwide campaign
targeting fall fatalities in construction. It's not hard to figure
out why -- almost every working day somewhere in the United States a
workplace fall takes the life of a man or woman in the building
industry. Every year more than 10,000 construction workers suffer
serious injuries from falls.
built a website, www.stopconstructionfalls.com,
that serves as a home base for the campaign. There the Campaign to
Prevent Falls in Construction offers toolbox talks,
handouts, training guides, research reports, instructional videos,
and news of the campaign. While you're there, You can click on a map
to learn about fatal construction falls in your community. And if you
are responsible for a construction project, you can learn about the
latest fall prevention strategies, techniques and tools -- including
links to fall protection equipment.
I invite you to join me, Jim Maddux (Director of OSHA's
Directorate of Construction) and Christine Branche (Director of the
NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health) for a webinar next
week -- at 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, April 10. You will learn
what we've done so far and what's in store for year two of the campaign. You can register
today at OH&S magazine, which has graciously agreed to
host the event.
-- The Center for Construction Research and Training is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization created by the Building and Construction
Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Working with partners like you in
business, labor, government, and the universities, we strive every
day to make work safer for the 9 million men and women who work
in the U.S. construction industry!