Southern Safety Stand-down Set for Aug. 6

OSHA, trade associations, and employers in eight states are scheduled to conduct one-hour construction safety stand-downs on that day.

OSHA is joining with trade associations and employers throughout Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee on Aug. 6 to conduct a one-hour fall prevention safety stand-down at construction sites and workplaces. The voluntary stoppage will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. EDT for safety training focused on the hazard.

Falls can be prevented through three simple steps: plan, provide, and train, according to OSHA. “This stand-down is intended to raise awareness among employers and workers about common fall hazards in all industries, focusing on how falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs can be prevented and lives can be saved," said Teresa Harrison, OSHA's acting regional administrator for the Southeast. "It is the employer's responsibility to protect workers from injury and illness."

OSHA offers educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as information for workplace training, at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/index.html#plan. To register for for the stand-down event at the Associated General Contractors of America Inc. Georgia branch's website at http://www.agcga.org/cs/safety_stand_down_program/safety_stand_down_on_fall_protection_august_6_2013.

For the Florida event, contact Brian Sturtecky, area director of OSHA's Jacksonville Area Office, at 904-232-2895; Les Grove, area director of OSHA's Tampa Area Office, at 813-626-1177; or Condell Eastman, area director of OSHA's Ft. Lauderdale Area Office, at 954-424-0242.

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