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Secretary of Labor observes Workers' Memorial Day, announces fall prevention campaign

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced on April 26, 2012, that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in partnership with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is heading a new campaign to prevent fatal falls in the construction industry.

The effort is meant to raise workers' awareness by providing life-saving information and resources about how to safely work on ladders, scaffolds, and roofs. In 2010, more than 10,000 workers in the construction industry were injured in falls from heights, while another 255 workers were killed.

"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."

The announcement was made at the Action Summit for Worker Safety and Health as one of multiple events honoring Workers' Memorial Day.

Prevent workers from being injured from falls by guarding every floor hole, providing a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor, or runway, and supplying appropriate fall protection systems. 

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