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National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction


NRCA is supporting the fifth annual OSHA National Safety Stand-Down May 7-11 to prevent falls in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 384 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics data). Falls accounted for 92 of 115 fatalities in the roofing industry. Fall-protection safety standards, including rules related to scaffolds and ladders, accounted for five of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations during the period from October 2016 to September 2017.

In addition to encouraging contractors to hold stand-down events at their shops and share pictures of these events, NRCA's enterprise risk management staff members Tom Shanahan, Harry Dietz and Rich Trewyn will host two events during the week.

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down Webinar

The first event, a one-hour webinar, will take place Monday, May 7, at 1 p.m. (CDT). OSHA's Director of the Directorate of Construction, Dean McKenzie, will introduce the program and the presenters. Tom and Rich will explain how to use a job hazard analysis (JHA) along with other pre-job resources and activities during the job and after it is complete. The presenters also will discuss how to create a company safety culture and its effect on fall prevention. Click here to register for the webinar.

Fall-prevention Awareness Seminar

The second event is a live half-day fall-prevention awareness seminar hosted at the Holiday Inn adjacent to NRCA's office in Rosemont, Ill. The seminar will take place Tuesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. until noon. OSHA Region V Administrator Ken Atha will kick off the event. We encourage attendees to participate in the webinar before attending the seminar as the topics covered will relate to the webinar and include performing a JHA, discussing and demonstrating hazards associated with rescuing a fallen worker while suspended by his or her personal fall-arrest system, key fall-protection regulatory requirements and case studies built from attendees' fall-related experiences. Click here to register for the seminar.

If you have questions, please contact NRCA's customer service department at (866) ASK-NRCA (275-6722) or email info@nrca.net.



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