The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training has announced the re-launch of a national campaign to reduce falls at construction sites. The announcement was made on Workers’ Memorial Day 2013, an observance held annually on April 28 to honor those who have lost their lives on the job and renew the nation’s dedication to creating safer workplaces.
"The re-launch of this campaign demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that contractors and workers stay safe on the job by providing the knowledge and tools they need," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. During the first year of the campaign NIOSH, OSHA, and CPWR created resources to promote safety while working on ladders, scaffolds, roofs, and other high places.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that falls are the leading cause of occupational death and injuries in construction, an industry that experiences an average of two workplace fatalities per day. According to NIOSH, OSHA, and CPWR, these accidents can be avoided.
"Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved by planning ahead to get the job done safely, providing the right equipment and training workers to use the equipment safely," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.
"Hundreds of fall-related deaths and thousands of injuries can be prevented," said Pete Stafford, executive director of CPWR. "We're eager to re-launch the campaign and see fall protection used when workers are at heights."