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Release Number: 13-1739-KAN
Aug. 26, 2013
Contact: Scott Allen Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976



Construction workers to pause for safety stand-down on fall hazards, Sept. 3


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Labor¿s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is partnering with more than 300 employers and labor organizations to sponsor a safety stand-down Sept. 3 beginning at 11 a.m., at construction sites throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

The focus of the stand down is to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which are the leading cause of deaths in the construction industry. In 2011, there were 262 fall fatalities out of 738 total fatalities in construction. For more information visit

"This stand-down underscores the imperative need to identify and address fall safety hazards," said Marcia Drumm, OSHA¿s acting regional administrator in Kansas City. "Fall hazards are preventable and lives can be saved with three simple steps: plan, provide and train."

Register participation for your work site at For further information, please contact Brian Wood at or Peggy Taylor at


WHO: 300 employers and labor organizations
WHAT: Falls Safety Stand Down
WHEN: Sept. 3 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Specific training sessions at partnership sites; outreach at trade associations and union headquarters Iowa state-wide

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility project site Signing of OSHA-McCarthy Mortenson partnership to prevent injuries and illnesses including falls 1980 Denison Avenue, Manhattan, Kan. 66502

Alberici Constructors, Ltd./St. Mary¿s Health Center construction site St. Mary¿s Medical Plaza, 2505 Mission Drive, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101

Weitz Construction/Cargill Biorefinery Campus, an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program site, 650 Industrial Park Drive, Blair, Neb. 68008

Sampson Construction project site at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 433 North 19th Street, Lincoln, Neb. 68588

Tenaska Inc. construction site; 5.25-acres 144th Street and West Dodge Road, Omaha, Neb. 68154

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