The U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VII Falls and Overhead Power Lines (OHPL) Task Force developed the "Fall Protection - It's a Snap!" program to have an impact on falls in the construction industry. Falls are the leading cause of fatalities and catastrophes investigated by OSHA in Region VII. August and October 2000 were identified as "Falls and Overhead Power Lines Safety Months" in Region VII. Inspection activity in the construction industry was focused during these months with our efforts concentrated on removing fall hazards.
The Task Force developed several publications which can be used as aids to follow OSHA's standards for fall protection in the construction industry. These publications are available from your Region VII Area Office.
As part of this initiative, the "Employer Information Kit" was developed to raise awareness of fall hazards in the construction industry and to comply with OSHA fall protection standards. The contents of the "Employer Information Kit" have been posted on the Internet to allow greater access to the employers and employees in the Region VII construction industry.
This kit provides information on how much accidents may cost your company; statistics and summaries of construction fall fatalities and catastrophes which have occurred in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska; information on how to get OSHA assistance; summaries of OSHA construction regulations related to fall hazards; NIOSH Alert on dangers of working from scaffolds; personal fall protection information; a chart of OSHA standards most frequently cited in the construction industry as a result of employees exposed to fall hazards; fall protection posters; Fall Protection - It's a Snap! Employee Pocket Guides (English and Spanish); Region VII newsletters on this initiative; and Disaster Facts Accident Reports related to falls.
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