The construction industry is no stranger to risks. The most common form of injuries on the job are fall related- an astounding 40 percent to be exact, as found by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Therefore, in order to promote awareness and prevent future accidents from occurring, the third annual Stand-Down to Prevent Falls will be held May 2-6. Even with a sound workplace injury prevention program and the necessary safety precautions, accidents can happen. Therefore, it’s critical for your business to carry Construction Workers’ Compensation Insurance to protect both your employees and your operation.
This past year, the construction industry has seen some heartbreaking injuries and fatalities. From the crane collapse in New York to the construction worker falling from the 53rd floor of a site in Los Angeles, this sector has been riddled with accidents. Whether it’s a small injury or a debilitating one, preventing these occurrences should be the top priority of any construction business.
According to Spray Foam, a typical Stand-Down allows companies to stop work at a designated time to discuss and demonstrate how to the best prevent falls, and to encourage workers to apply these methods consistently; OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down web page provides free information on how to:
- Conduct an event.
- Receive a certificate of participation after the event.
- Access educational and training resources, including fact sheets in both English and Spanish.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez explained that the workers who build our homes and communities deserve access to the equipment, training and resources available to prevent falls and the tragedy they can inflict, and he encourages everyone to join the 2016 National Safety Stand-Down and help ensure that no one’s livelihood is a matter of life or death.
As the livelihood of these workers is at stake, this event seeks to promote the safety and awareness of such risks. With the proper training and even safety demonstrations, the Stand-Down to Prevent Falls event aims to educate and protect the construction industry from injury and fatalities.
At Daniels Insurance, Inc., we have a unique understanding of the risk exposures that the construction industry faces. With the backing of our comprehensive coverages and our dedication to customer service and quick claims resolution, your business will be fully protected. For more information, contact us today at (855) 565-7616.