The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (UURWAW) and National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) are supporting the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, organized by OSHA, taking place throughout the U.S. from June 2-6, 2014.
“The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show 65 workers in the roofing industry died in 2012 from falls that occurred as they were doing their jobs,” said William Good, executive vice president of the NRCA. “Those numbers are not just cold statistics but reflect 65 families that have been changed forever by the loss of a loved one - a spouse, father, mother, son or daughter whose death has left a void in the hearts of family and friends.”
The National Safety Stand-Down is an effort to focus company and worker attention on the significance of fall hazards in construction and emphasize the importance of effectively implementing fall-protection systems on every project.
NRCA and UURWAW are encouraging their members and all involved in the roofing industry to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down by delivering focused fall-protection awareness toolbox talks at the start of each day during that week and throughout the year. Special materials have been developed by UURWAW and NRCA for this purpose that can be accessed on their websites (www.unionroofers.com and www.nrca.net) and printed for use each day.
“Let’s pledge to continue the efforts to increase awareness of fall hazards, not just that week but throughout the year so all workers are safe performing the critical, quality work they do and are able to go home to their families each day!” said Good.