The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding a “National Safety Stand-Down” from June 2 to June 6, 2014. The event is intended to raise awareness among both employers and workers about the hazards of falls.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region want to encourage all members and our contractors to show support for, and participate in, this important event.

Tom Heim, Director of Training for IUPAT District Council 6, has sent a letter to all our contractors asking them to take time during the stand-down to talk with workers about fall prevention. Topics for discussion can include ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety.

The leading cause of death for construction workers is caused by falls from elevation, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012.

These were preventable deaths.

For more information, including how to conduct a safety stand-down, go online to: www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/

You can also call Tom Heim with any questions or concerns at 440-239-4575, ext. 133.

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