The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are encouraging employers to talk about the importance of preventing falls this week.
The Safety Stand-Down being held Monday through Friday because falls cause the highest number of deaths among construction workers nationally and more than half of all worker hospitalizations in the state.
Preventable falls - whether from rooftops, ladders or slips and trips - cause many disabling injuries and a number of deaths in our state each year, said Anne Soiza, assistant director of the Department of Labor & Industries occupational safety and health division, in a statement. We hope that every employer in the state will set aside time during the Stand-Down to focus on fall prevention.
Officials are urging employers and workers to talk about fall hazards at work and how to prevent them this week. The Department of Labor & Industries has created one-minute Eye on Safety videos, available at www.EyeOnSafety.info, to help with the discussion.
More training resources are available at www.Lni.wa.gov/safety/.