Region 8 News Release: 20-OSHA
Tuesday, May 4, 1999
Contact: Rich Kulczewski
PHONE : (303) 844-1302
Presentations in English & Spanish
INNOVATIONS IN REDUCING FALL HAZARDS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
HIGHLIGHT FREE CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY OSHA AND CITY OF DENVER
Innovative approaches to help workers and employers reduce the high number of injuries and fatalities occurring from fall hazards in the Colorado construction industry will be the focus of a free two-day event in Denver May 11 and 12.
The "Reducing Fall Hazards in the Construction Industry Conference and Exposition," sponsored by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the City and County of Denver, will be held at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11 and from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12.
"More than 34 percent of all construction related fatalities in .
"Our conference will feature free classroom training sessions in both English and Spanish from over 20 leading safety professionals representing both the public and private sectors," added Baxter. "This is the first time we have presented a program of this scale in Spanish and we expect to have around 2,000 workers and employers attending over the two days."
The conference and exposition schedule includes:
Sign-in/Information 8 - 9 a.m. (Both days) and 3 - 4 p.m. (Tue, May 11)
Roofing Safety 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Both days) and 4 - 7:30 p.m. (Tue, May 11)
Scaffold Safety 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Both days) and 4 - 7:30 p.m. (Tue, May 11)
Roofing and Scaffold 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Both days) and 4 - 7:30 p.m. (Tue, May 11) Safety (Spanish)
Keynote speakers for each session includes Wilma J. Webb, Secretary's Regional Representative, U. S. Department of Labor, Denver, and Greg Baxter, OSHA regional administrator at 9 a.m. both days and 4 p.m. on Tue, May 11.
Each of the sessions on roofing and scaffold safety will include a discussion on Safety Programs and Safety Pays, a review of OSHA fall protection standards, a presentation on practical applications and a panel question and answer session.
Seating for all conference sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis with no pre-registration required.
In addition to the conference's classroom sessions, interactive displays and demonstrations of current state-of-the-art scaffolding, roofing safety equipment and fall protection systems will be open in the exposition area from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on May 11 and
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on May 12.
The Fall Hazards Conference is part of a Local Initiative Program for Fall Hazards in the Construction Industry developed by the OSHA Denver area office that includes both innovative outreach and traditional enforcement strategies to help reduce the high number of injuries and fatalities due to falls. The program was initiated because Denver County has experienced the highest number of lost-time claims and fatalities for the entire area office jurisdiction.
Nationwide, construction workers have accounted for one out of every six fatal work injuries from 1992 through 1997. During that same period, the three leading causes of fall deaths among construction workers nationwide were falls from roofs, roof holes, roof edges (51%), scaffolds (17%), and ladders (17%). Special trade contractors such as roofers, carpenters and masons accounted for approximately 59 percent of all construction related fatalities.
For further information contact the OSHA Denver area office at (303) 844-5285 or
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