Nationwide fall prevention emphasis kicks off Monday

June 1, 2014 

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/.

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