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DOL Provides Assistance for Fall Prevention

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has developed a new collection of resources to help employers prevent falls on the job site.

OSHA says its goals for the resources are to promote awareness about fall hazards and educate job creators and workers on fall prevention. Falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities and are also the No. 1 safety violation (7,270 violations in 2018).

“Falls can be prevented if employers plan ahead to ensure the job is done safely, provide the right equipment and train workers to use the equipment safely,” OSHA said in its press release of the materials.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has developed a new collection of resources to help employers prevent falls on the jobsite.

Resources include:

The resources are a part of the DOL’s Office of Compliance Initiatives, which is tasked with providing services to employers that are separate from enforcement.

OSHA also announced that this year’s annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 6-10.

Last year, OSHA partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Occupational Research Agenda, the Center for Construction Research and Training, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives and the U.S. Air Force, as well as OSHA training and education centers and OSHA-approved state programs across the country for Stand-Down week and have noted that fall hazards extend beyond the construction industry.

"The Stand-Down is not limited only to construction industry trades," OSHA said in a statement for last year’s Stand-Down week.

"In fact, due to valuable information gathered from your participation in previous National Stand-Downs, we have found that many stakeholders within the construction industry as well as general industry and governmental entities join us in this event each year.

“Each year, large corporations and small companies have joined us to make this effort a success. If your employees work at height or are exposed to falls, you have a vested interest in standing down your operations to emphasize fall protection or other safety-related topics.”

   

Tagged categories: Department of Labor; Fall protection; Health & Safety; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Safety; Z-Continents

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