Werner, a leading supplier of ladders and manufacturer of climbing products and fall protection equipment, is conducting more than 200 training events in support of OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down initiative. The safety events are being conducted nationwide and will provide more than 17,000 professionals with hands-on fall protection training led by both WernerCo and OSHA representatives.
Falls from elevations continue to be one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. In 2017, falls resulted in 381 total deaths in construction, accounting for 39.2% of all construction fatalities that year. As such, OSHA cites “Fall Protection, Construction” as number one on its list of Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards, with “Fall Protection - Training Requirements” listed at No. 1.
“We’re proud to participate for the fourth year in a row to support OSHA’s safety initiative, helping to raise awareness and education for those professionals working at heights,” said Brian Kagen, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Product Development. “By leading hands-on fall protection trainings and discussions across the country, we hope to give professionals the tools they need to stay safe on the jobsite.”
During the month of May, the WernerCo End-User-Specialist Team (EUS) will lead more than 200 Safety Stand-Down training events. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to take a break and focus on job site fall hazards, and reinforce the importance of fall prevention, in an effort to prevent fall fatalities and injuries in construction.
The training events will include ladder inspections, fall protection equipment inspections, harness adjustment training, fall protection tripod training sessions and more. Once the training events have been completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion from WernerCo that can be shared with their company’s safety director.
For those who are not able to attend one of WernerCo’s training events, users can visit Werner’s training website to take a free online course, register for a free onsite training or review comprehensive literature and other safety resources.