New OSHA Fall Prevention Campaign Announced By Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis

by Admin on May 4, 2012

A new awareness campaign led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration was announced by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on April 26th, 2012 with the goal of providing employers and workers with life-saving information and educational materials about the prevention of deadly falls in construction. This includes working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.

More than 10,000 construction workers were injured as a result of falling while working from heights with  another 255 workers killed back in 2010.

“The best way to honor Workers’ Memorial Day is to make sure that another family does not have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one because of preventable workplace injuries,” said Secretary Solis. “Falls are the most fatal out of all hazards in the construction industry, accounting for almost one in every three construction worker deaths. Our simple message is that safety pays, and falls cost.”

You can read the full article here.

President Barrack Obama followed the announcement with a proclamation two days later in which he dedicated the 28th of April as Worker’s Memorial Day. You can read it in full here. 

OSHA has also created a new fall prevention Web page that provides detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards.

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