The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is hosting its National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction during the week of May 1-5. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Welliver is participating in this important event to raise awareness and offer information that will help eliminate fall hazards at our construction worksites.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers. Every year falls make up nearly a third of those deaths. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
“During this week, our Superintendents on each job site will hold a Safety Stand-Down on three separate topics – ladders, scaffolding and roofs,” said Eric Hadlock, Project Safety Director at Welliver. “Welliver participates in this annual National Stand-Down because we are always trying to increase our training and awareness for falls. This week gives us those additional opportunities to really drive home the importance and need for proper usage of our tools, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other fall prevention measures. At the end of the week, we will achieve a renewed respect and awareness for falls from heights and the proper protective measures to be utilized.”
Worker safety is the leading and most critical component of a successful project. The key to maintaining a high level of safety awareness on the jobsite is accountability and training, year-round. Recognized as a leader in construction workplace safety, Welliver was recently awarded a 0.56 EMR Safety Ranking.
Welliver is proud to join the National Safety Stand-Down. More than 200 staff and subcontractors are participating in our Toolbox Talks conducted at over 10 project sites across New York State and Northern Pennsylvania. Our Project Superintendents are conducting the talks all week to address fall prevention, dangers and protection, OSHA standards, rescue plans, job specific hazards, as well as safety procedures and proper use of equipment.