Safety Pays. Falls Cost.

Posts made in October, 2013

Safety pays for the mechanical contractor

By on Oct 21, 2013 in Updates |

A new article written by NIOSH’s Dr. Christine Branche has been posted, to raise awareness of the costs of falls in the mechanical contracting industry. From the article: Falls shatter lives, families and communities. The costs of fatal falls and injuries in construction are staggering, with heavy burdens on workers, families, employers and society. Even when workers survive, many have traumatic head, neurological and other injuries that often require lengthy recuperation periods, and place enormous emotional, medical and financial burdens on their families. Falls result in significant costs to employers as well, including lost productivity, regulatory inspection costs, and hefty increases in workers’ compensation premiums. Plumbers and HVAC contractors face fall hazard risks at any point when they are working at heights, whether during the construction stages of a building or during maintenance tasks. We know how to prevent falls with proper equipment, training and on-site planning. Recognizing that now it is time to take action to prevent falls from heights, in 2012, and again in 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a broad group of partners launched “Safety Pays, Falls Cost,” a nationwide information and media campaign to prevent construction falls from heights. The campaign’s message has three key parts: plan ahead to get the job done safely; provide the right equipment; and train everyone to use the equipment safely. This three-part message is emphasized in posters, fact sheets, videos and other materials, available in Spanish, English and numerous languages. Click here to read the rest of the...

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Falls Campaign Event — Fall Protection A Moral Choice, Plan Provide Train

By on Oct 21, 2013 in Updates |

On Wednesday, November 6th 2013, in Alabama, Jeremy Bethancourt will be speaking on the campaign at the Southeast Mine Safety and Health Conference. His presentation, called Fall Protection A Moral Choice, Plan Provide Train will begin at 8:45 AM. His description of his talk: Regardless of what industry you are in, providing fall protection to workers is not just a legal requirement of doing business it is a moral obligation. My presentation is less about actual solutions than it is on the journey to provide solutions and thereby protect workers. It is about me showing our methodology of discovery, implementation, and success. I have found through personal experience that just because the industry does not know about solutions does not mean there aren’t any available. Since gravity is fairly consistent, no matter where you work, the thought process for coming up with fall prevention/protection solutions can and should be equally consistent. My organizations experience is proof that all anyone has to do is look and have the perseverance to continue striving for worker safety in spite of...

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Scaffold Hazard Alert PDF Now Available

By on Oct 10, 2013 in Updates |

CPWR – The Center For Construction Research and Training has developed a new hazard alert handout for scaffolds. You can download the PDF for your use here. Previously, CPWR developed handouts on Fall Protection Harnesses and Ladders in the same format. Both use pictures to illustrate how to safely use the equipment to prevent falls in...

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Massachusetts Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction

By on Oct 9, 2013 in Updates |

Falls campaign partner Massachusetts Department of Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program’s story of the fall campaign and how they have worked to reach construction workers is now available as a PDF. The Massachusetts Department of Health was able to team up with local transit to get campaign posters on buses, work with permit offices to distribute campaign information, and provide fall protection training to 350 at-risk roofers, free of charge. Read the story of their successes...

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Kentucky Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction

By on Oct 9, 2013 in Updates |

Campaign partner Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Department of Workplace Standards have released their campaign successes into a PDF. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet developed flyers on different topics on preventing falls in construction, which addressed aerial lifts, personal protective equipment, scaffolds, to name just a few of the topics. The campaign message was also promoted through the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s social media outlets and on their web page. Read more about their efforts...

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