OSHA continues full court press on fall protection

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Mike Rich

Citing incidents at four New Jersey construction sites, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration late last month urged construction companies to protect their employees from falls on the job.

“This is a call to action for every contractor in the state,” Robert Kulick, OSHA regional administrator in New York, told The Star-Ledger. “These incidents are tragic reminders of the dangers posed to workers when they are not adequately protected from fall hazards.”

The announcement was prompted by four recent accidents in the New Jersey area.

  • A worker fell through a roof into a vat of acid in Clifton
  • A worker fell from a roof at a residential construction site in Bayonne
  • A worker fell while installing a steel frame in Madison
  • A worker fell from an aerial lift in Secaucus

All of these accidents were potentially preventable if workers were using the proper fall protection equipment.

This announcement comes in the wake of OSHA launching a nationwide fall protection initiative last month to raise awareness about the hazards of falls in the construction industry.

In 2010 more than 10,000 construction workers fell and hurt themselves and 250 were killed as a result of falls.

To help prevent fall related injuries at your workplace and ensure compliance with government regulations we are offering $50 off our fall prevention training program all this month, June, 2012

For more information call 877-397-9450.

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