Clark Construction Group LLC will be a part of this nationwide effort by hosting a stand-down event on June 5 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Approximately 280 workers are expected to attend the stand-down, which will include remarks by Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Jim Maddux, director of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, will also be in attendance. This is one of several nationwide stand-down events hosted by Clark Construction Group LLC.
“Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in the construction industry,” said Dr. Michaels. “One fall can cost an employer their business and a worker their life. Every person participating in these events is showing their commitment to preventing a senseless loss of life and livelihood.”
The stand-down is part of OSHA’s ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and they accounted for 12% of all occupational injuries in 2012. In an effort to prevent these injuries and fatalities through education and outreach, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched the 2014 Fall Safety Stand-Down, which is being held from June 2-6. An estimated 1 million workers and 25,000 businesses, including construction industry leaders, are expected to halt their work for one hour during the week to discuss the importance of recognizing fall hazards and implementing fall safety measures.