Reducing Fall Hazards in the Construction Industry, Conference and Exposition, Sponsored by The OSHA Denver Area Office (DAO) and the City and County of Denver, May 11 - 12th, 1999 Denver Convention Center.

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The DAO has developed a Local Initiative Program for Fall Hazards in the Construction Industry that includes both innovative outreach and traditional enforcement strategies in an effort to help reduce the injuries and fatalities occurring due to fall hazards in the construction industry.

Construction workers typically accounted for one out of every six fatal work injuries occurring nationwide from 1992 through 1997. During those time periods the three leading causes of fall deaths among construction workers nationwide were related to falls from roofs, roof holes, and roof edges (51%), falls from scaffolds (17%), and falls from ladders (17%). Special trade contractors such as roofers, carpenters, and masons accounted for approximately 59% of all construction related fatalities nationwide in 1992-1997.

In Colorado, less than 6% of the workforce is employed in construction, but over 13.1% of the lost-time claims are filed by construction workers, and over 20% were related to falls in 1996. In addition, of the 108 fatalities occurring in Colorado in 1996, construction workers accounted for 19.4% of all deaths. Overall, in excess of 34% of all construction related fatalities are due to falls, and over 72% of all construction fall fatalities were suffered by employees of special trade contractors. In the DAO's jurisdiction the counties with the highest number of lost-time claims ranked in descending order were Denver, Weld, Mesa, Larimer, and Boulder. Consequently, Denver County has been chosen for implementation of this multiple intervention fall hazard initiative.

In addition, the masonry, carpentry, and roofing contractors were associated with the highest level of violations per inspection, and the majority of citations issued were associated with violations of OSHA's scaffold standard and/or fall protection standard. Overall, the statistics support a program to address fall hazards in construction in the DAO jurisdiction.

Through the generous support of the City and County of Denver, attending the Conference and Exposition is free and will include two morning stakeholder training sessions on the following three topics: Roofing Safety, Scaffold Safety, and Roofing and Scaffold Safety in Spanish from 8:00-11:30 a.m. on May 11 and 12, 1999. One afternoon stakeholder training session will be offered on Tuesday, May 11, 1999, on the same three topics: Roofing Safety, Scaffold Safety, and Roofing and Scaffold Safety in Spanish from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Vendor Exhibits, Displays, and Demonstrations are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and 8:00 a.m. to no earlier than 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. So that we may reserve appropriate space requirements, if you are interested in attending please fax the OSHA DAO at (303) 844-6676 your company letterhead with the training session, day, and time that you are interested in attending (please include your preference of English or Spanish), and the approximate number that you would like to attend. If you would like further information please call the OSHA DAO at (303) 844-5285.