Fatal fall shows need for ongoing Safety Stand-down
May 8, 2015
A 30-year-old roofer's life was tragically cut short in November 2014 after a fall caused severe head trauma. The man was found unresponsive below a 32-foot extension ladder he was using to renovate a roof at a two-story building at Missouri's Whiteman Air Force Base.
OSHA, NIOSH, NORA, CPWR partner to spread the fall prevention message
May 6, 2015
With this year’s National Fall Safety Stand-Down – which began on Monday – OSHA is hoping to reach even more than the million+ workers who heard the word in the 2014 event, by way of the more than 5,000 construction industry employers who got involved.
On the heels of Workers Memorial Day, Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) Executive Director Pete Stafford said; “Just as we owe a debt we can never repay to the men and women who died defending our nation and our freedom, we owe a similar debt to those who died while laboring to create the prosperity we enjoy as Americans.”
A.C. Castle/Daryl J. Provencher faces nearly $300K in OSHA fines
April 7, 2015
Three roofing workers employed by Provencher Home Improvement of Beverly, Massachusetts were hospitalized after a two-story fall from a scaffold platform that broke beneath them, OSHA inspectors have determined.
A company hired to restore the concrete finish on high-rise apartment buildings exposed its workers to falls of more than 200 feet due to scaffolding that was improperly assembled and secured to the building, according to OSHA.
Hundreds of construction workers die each year and thousands more face debilitating injuries due to falls in the workplace. To bring greater attention to this problem, the National Safety Council is supporting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on a Fall Safety Stand-Down taking place May 4-15, 2015.
Ladder fall injuries are a persistent hazard both in the workplace and at home. There are five major causes for extension-ladder fall incidents: incorrect ladder setup angle, inappropriate ladder selection, insufficient ladder inspection, improper ladder use, and lack of access to ladder safety tools and information.