As part of OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down (May 2-6) to prevent falls in construction, NRCA Director of Enterprise Risk Management Harry Dietz will discuss the hazards present after a worker has fallen from a roof and his or her personal fall-arrest system has deployed or activated. Dietz will share information regarding the health hazards that pose serious risks to a worker who is suspended from a body harness and the steps the worker may be able to take to reduce or eliminate those risks. Dietz also will show examples of equipment available for use in assisted-rescue and self-rescue situations along with techniques a worker may use, whether suspended on a rope grab and lifeline or self-retracting lifeline, to increase the chances of his or her survival from this ever-present risk in the roofing industry.
The purpose of OSHA's National 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 337 of the 874 construction fatalities recorded in 2014 (Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data). Fall-prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards during fiscal year 2014.
Take advantage of this free live opportunity to stay up to date with issues affecting your business during this important week of safety awareness!
Harry Dietz is NRCA's director of risk management. Dietz joined NRCA's staff in 2002 and grew up in the roofing
business; his grandfather started Dietz Roofing Co. in Chicago in the early 1920s, and his family operated the business
until the 1970s. Dietz also is an authorized trainer for the 10- and 30-hour OSHA construction safety classes and
teaches NRCA's fall-protection class, CERTA torching safety and foremen training classes.
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