U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced a new campaign led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to prevent deadly falls in the construction industry.
The awareness campaign will provide employers and workers with life-saving information about working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.
In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured as a result of falling while working from heights, and another 255 workers were killed.
Secretary Solis made the announcement at the Action Summit for Worker Safety and Health, which was held at East Los Angeles Community College as one of multiple events this week honoring Workers’ Memorial Day. The Labor Department sponsored the summit in coordination with the University of California, Los Angeles’ Labor Occupational Safety and Health program, and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Workers’ Memorial Day is observed annually on April 28 across the country to remember workers who lost their lives as a result of preventable injuries.
“The best way to honor Workers’ Memorial Day is to make sure that another family does not have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one because of preventable workplace injuries,” said Secretary Solis. “Falls are the most fatal out of all hazards in the construction industry, accounting for almost one in every three construction worker deaths. Our simple message is that safety pays, and falls cost.”