The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is hosting its National Safety Stand-Down May 2-6. 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 in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. Fall protection was number one on the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2021.
“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 has participated in this National Stand-Down for the past seven years 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 hope to have a renewed respect and awareness for falls from heights and the proper protective measures to be utilized.”
Recognized as a leader in workplace safety, 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.