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Region 5 News Release: 14-1012-CHI
June 2, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976


Safety Pays, Falls Cost: Great Lakes Construction Co. hosts OSHA Fall Safety
Stand-Down event at Cleveland Inner Belt Bridge Project site, June 3

CLEVELAND – Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and they accounted for 12 percent of all occupational injuries in 2012. In an effort to prevent these injuries and fatalities through education and outreach, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launches the 2014 Fall Safety Stand-Down, which will be held from June 2-6. An estimated 1 million workers and 25,000 businesses, including construction industry leaders, will halt their work for one hour during that week to discuss the importance of recognizing fall hazards and implementing fall safety measures.

Great Lakes Construction Co. will be a part of this nationwide effort on Tuesday, June 3 beginning at 4 p.m. EDT at the Cleveland Inner Belt Bridge project site, the largest construction site in the State of Ohio, which is being managed by Trumbull, Ruhlin Co. and Great Lakes Construction. A harness safety presentation will be given by the company's safety supervisor, Tyler Edwards. Heat safety will also be addressed during the stand-down which is being coordinated through the Cleveland Area OSHA office.

"Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in the construction industry," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "One fall can cost an employer their business and a worker their life. Every person participating in these events is showing their commitment to preventing a senseless loss of life and livelihood."

The stand-down is part of OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH's National Occupational Research Agenda program.

WHO: Bill Hocevar, Great Lakes Construction Co
Tyler Edwards, Great Lakes Construction Co.
Howard Eberts, OSHA Area Director, Cleveland, Ohio
Paula Burleson, OSHA Onsite Consultation

WHAT: Fall Safety Stand-Down

WHERE: Cleveland Inner Belt Bridge Project
Intersection of Broadway Ave., and E. 9th.
Cleveland, Ohio

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
4 p.m. EDT
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Press interested in attending these events should contact
Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke using the contact information provided above
Or Bill Hocevar of Great Lakes Construction at 216-210-0103

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