Important Reminder:  Construction Industry Urged to Participate in the 2nd Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Safety Stand DownThe OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District wants to remind and encourage construction industry employers and workers to participate in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 2nd Annual National Safety Stand-Down from May 4-15, 2015, to raise awareness about the hazards of falls in construction.  Because falls account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry, it is vitally important to raise awareness about the hazards associated with falls on construction job sites.

During the voluntary National Safety Stand-Down construction companies are invited to break from their regular work schedule anytime from May 4-15, 2015, to conduct a safety meeting, toolbox talk or other safety activity, such as organizing a safety equipment inspection, developing rescue plans or discussing job specific hazards. Safety activities may include specific information about protective methods as well as company policies, goals and expectations regarding fall prevention and overall safety.

Fall prevention resources and information on how to conduct a successful National Safety Stand-Down activity may be found on the OSHA website. Following their participation, employers will have the opportunity to download an OSHA Certificate of Participation, provide feedback on their fall prevention activities and offer suggestions on how OSHA can improve future safety initiatives.

If companies miss the opportunity to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down during the official event from May 4-15, 2015, toolbox talks or other safety activities on fall protection or any safety topic applicable to the worksite should be conducted throughout the year to reinforce for workers the importance of hazard awareness and safe work practices.

To help support OSHA’s fall prevention initiative, the OSHA Training Center is offering OSHA #3115 – Fall Protection, an overview of state-of-the-art technology for fall protection and current OSHA requirements, at the following locations:

  • May 19-21 | San Francisco Bay Area – Dublin, CA
  • June 13-15 | Southern CA – Bakersfield
  • August 21-23 | Southern CA – Carson
  • October 5-7 | Sacramento, CA Safety Center
  • November 16-18 | Las Vegas, NV Area

About the OSHA Training Center

The OSHA Training Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District offers high quality Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards-based training for construction, maritime and general industry at its Center in Dublin, California, as well as locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam. Programs offered include OSHA safety standards, Outreach Trainer courses, Cal/OSHA standards curriculum, environmental courses and customized on-site safety training. For more information, including a complete course schedule, visit the OSHA Training Center website or call (866) 936-OSHA (6742).

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