More than four million workers participated in the National Safety Stand-Downs in 2014 and 2015.Photo:
Our Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center participated in the 2016 five-day National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in the construction industry. The Center offered a free fall hazard awareness course in Portland on May 6.
The leading cause of worker deaths on construction sites is falls. In 2014, 337 of the 874 construction fatalities were from falls. More than four million workers participated in the National Safety Stand-Downs in 2014 and 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
On May 6, 2016, instructors in the OSHA Education Center gave an OSHA-certified course in recognizing potential fall hazards at construction work sites – both residential and commercial sites – and how to avoid, minimize, control or prevent these hazards. Galen Blanton, acting regional administrator for OSHA Region 10, opened the event.
The instructors joined other industry experts in a “Stand Down for What?” safety panel, and local safety vendors displayed fall prevention controls, tools and equipment. Attendance was limited to 50 participants.
The event was held in partnership with Associated General Contractors Oregon Columbia Chapter, Oregon Occupational Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation at Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Home Builders Association, Safe Build Alliance and Oregon OSHA.
In addition, the OSHA Education Center partnered with other regional organizations, such as the Women in Trades Association, to raise awareness of the issue, training and other resources available.