Safety Pays. Falls Cost.

Posts made in April, 2013

Occupational Health & Safety Online Article on Campaign Relaunch

By on Apr 30, 2013 in Updates |

Occupational Health & Safety Online has written an article about the campaign relaunch. From the article: Organizations involved in the national campaign to prevent falls at U.S. construction sites have re-launched it this week and hope to do even more to raise awareness of workers and safety managers during the 2013 construction season. The campaign reached hundreds of thousands of workers in 2012 with the message “Safety Pays and Falls Cost,” and the three campaign websites received more than 500,000 page views during the year. Webinars, e-mail blasts, radio and TV broadcasts, publications, and training and outreach events also spread the word. Continue reading the article and the OHS Online...

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NIOSH, OSHA and CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training Announce Re-launch of the National Campaign to Prevent Falls

By on Apr 30, 2013 in Updates |

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has posted a press release announcing the Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction relaunch. From the release: “Too many times we hear the phrase, ‘it was an accident.’ We know these incidents are preventable, which means that hundreds of fall-related deaths and thousands of injuries can be prevented,” said Pete Stafford, executive director of CPWR. “Our years of data collection consistently show that falls constitute one-third of all construction fatalities, which makes falls the leading killer of construction workers. We’re eager to re-launch the campaign and see fall protection used when workers are at heights.” Read the rest of the press release...

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Avoiding Falls in Horizontal Construction from ARTBA Safety Source

By on Apr 26, 2013 in Updates |

From American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Safety Source comes an article about the importance of preventing falls in the highway construction industry. The article begins: In the heavy and highway construction industry, we don’t often talk about fall hazards. While falls from heights are the leading cause of accidents and deaths in other segments of the construction industry, many of us who work on roads, ports, tarmac and other un-elevated projects have the impression we are immune from falls on the jobsite. That perception is wrong. Insurance claims data show falls (from heights and resulting from slips and trips) account for approximately 25 percent of our workers’ compensation claims. They are one of the most frequent sources of injury and death. This fact alone should command our attention. To read on about the business and personal reasons to support the Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, click here...

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On This Workers Memorial Day – Recognizing the Value of Safety

By on Apr 26, 2013 in Updates |

On the BCTD President’s Blog is a mention of the Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction as a way to promote safety and prevent injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. From the post: The construction industry makes up only 7% of our nation’s workforce. But when we compare our industry to other industries like agriculture, manufacturing, and mining, we consistently have the most number of workers killed on the job. Even when the numbers of construction-related fatalities dropped, as they did during our current economic downturn, we are still at the top of the list in workplace fatalities. Even worse, we know what constitutes the top killer of construction workers. And it remains consistent, year after year.  One-third of all construction fatalities are from falls. Falls from rooftops; falls from ladders; falls from scaffoldings; and falls from staging. That’s why it’s important that we all pay particular attention to the famous words spoke by that fearless fighter for worker justice, Mother Jones, who said, “Pray for the dead. Fight like hell for the living.” Read the rest of the post at their...

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