For immediate release: May 8, 2017
Ohio safety stand-downs focus on preventing falls in the construction industry
The National Safety Stand-Down runs May 8-12
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) will join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls by sponsoring two no-cost fall
protection training courses this week focusing on safety in the construction industry.
Construction is the leading industry for falls in Ohio, accounting for more than 30 percent of all fall claims filed with BWC and 1/3 of all falls
from elevation. Falls in Ohio resulted in 14 fatalities in 2014.
"Construction work presents many dangers, and falls are a particular concern because even falls from short distances can be devastating, if
not deadly," said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. "Proper training and awareness education are our best defense against falls and all
injuries that endanger the lives of Ohio construction workers."
BWC is sponsoring stand-down events in two locations - one at Boak and Sons, Inc. in Austintown on Wednesday and the other in the Columbus area
on Friday at the Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health in Pickerington. Register for the Columbus event here and contact BWC's Dave Costantino
to register for the Austintown event. Visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Stand-Down events page for a list of more Ohio events.
BWC will also participate in numerous stand-down events across the state, as well as join the Ohio Department of Transportation for stand-downs at four
major highway bridge construction sites around the state. Work will pause at these sites to discuss safety and fall protection with staff.
Safety experts at BWCâ€™s Division of Safety and Hygiene encourage routine training and discussion about fall prevention, and suggest the following tips to
prevent fall accidents:
More tips and requirements are available here.
- Wear a harness and always stay connected.
- Make sure harnesses fit.
- Inspect all fall protection equipment before use.
- Donâ€™t use defective equipment.
- Guard or cover all holes, openings and skyÂ¬lights.
- Use guardrails or lifelines.
- Keep work areas well lit.
- Establish good housekeeping practices.
- Plan ahead to get the job done safely.
- Provide the right equipment.
- Train everyone to use the equipment safely.
Visit BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene website to learn more about the stand-down, free safety consultations, grants, and education and training.
The BWC Library offers an extensive collection of audiovisual materials related to fall hazards and fall prevention.
Follow BWC on Twitter.
# # #