Employers invited to use consultation services
Salem, OR — Oregon OSHA Consultation Services is offering to bring expertise to work sites across the state during the May 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down event.
In its third year, the voluntary national stand-down, organized by federal OSHA and other federal agencies, will focus on the dangers of falls in the construction industry. Such falls, which are preventable, remain a leading cause of death for construction workers.
“The National Safety Stand-Down offers employers the opportunity to focus on fall hazards and build a working relationship with Oregon OSHA,” said Roy Kroker, consultation and public education manager for Oregon OSHA.
Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services are always available to help employers identify and correct safety and health hazards. However, the agency believes the week of the national stand-down affords a special opportunity to establish a relationship with employers and workers to reinforce the importance of safety in the workplace.
Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the national stand-down. Previously, participants have included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, general industry employers, unions, and safety equipment manufacturers.
Companies can conduct a safety stand-down in a variety of ways, including taking a break to have an informal safety meeting, conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, and discussing specific hazards on the job.
Last year's national stand-down reached more than 2.5 million workers. This year, federal OSHA's goal is to reach 5 million workers, and Oregon OSHA aims to help make the national event a success in Oregon. Its consultants will participate in activities chosen by employers to help protect workers.
Employers are encouraged to request a visit from a consultant during the National Safety Stand-Down by calling Oregon OSHA's central office in Salem, 503-378-3272, or a field office in their area:
- Bend: 541-388-6068
- Eugene: 541-686-7913
- Medford: 541-776-6016
- Pendleton: 541-276-2353
- Portland: 503-229-6193
- Salem: 503-373-7819
The dangers of falls in the construction industry cannot be overstated. Deaths caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 construction deaths recorded in 2014, according to federal data.
The construction industry also has the greatest number of both fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries among U.S. workplaces, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. From 2003 to 2010, 2,210 construction workers died because of a traumatic brain injury.