National fall prevention “Stand-Down” success stories
The June 2-6, 2014 National Safety Stand-Down was a resounding success, according to the Center for Protection of Worker Rights (CPWR). Here are three case studies:
Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Department of Workplace Standards
Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Department of Workplace Standards provides a great example of a state that prepared well in advance for the Stand-Down and was able to promote activities at jobsites throughout the state.
Fall protection experts from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training and the Labor Cabinet’s incident-response vehicle, the KYOSH IMPACT, were at five different sites throughout the week to present fall protection training, demonstrations, and answer questions. Employer toolbox talks were also presented. Learn more at http://www.labor.ky.gov/dows/oshp/Pages/2014-Fall-Prevention-Campaign.aspx.
Daytona International Speedway
Another great Stand-Down effort led by OSHA took place at the site of the DAYTONA Rising project, a large-scale renovation of the Daytona International Speedway, on Wednesday, June 4. Greg Biffle, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, joined more than the one million workers during the first week of June who participated in the National Fall Safety Stand-Down to emphasize fall prevention and raise awareness about fatal falls in the construction industry.
President of Daytona International Speedway Joie Chitwood III; representatives from the design and building company responsible for the construction project, Barton Malow; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab were all on hand to address the build team at the site on the importance of fall safety. Additionally, Biffle strapped in to a fall arrest system to conduct a live demonstration of proper fall prevention equipment and how it saves lives at this site and across the country.
WVU OSHA Training Education Center
The West Virginia University OSHA Training Education Center held a stand-down event, bringing construction workers and contractors together for fall prevention training, as well as vendors to demonstrate safe practices using their products. The event was covered by the local television news, WBOY.