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Region 5 News Release: 14-1026-CHI
June 3, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Safety Pays, Falls Cost: Barton Malow Co. hosts OSHA Fall Safety Stand-
Down events for Lansing, Mich., area workers, June 4

LANSING, Mich. – 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.

Two safety stand-down events under construction by Barton Malow Co. will be a part of this nationwide effort in the Lansing area, Wednesday, June 4. Workers at the Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotopes Beams will have a discussion on fall protection at the project site where they are currently conducting excavation work. Workers on the General Motors Grand River Logistics Operation Center will also will pause for training on fall protection. Structural steel work, material handling and concrete work are currently taking place on the project. The stand-down is being coordinated through the Lansing 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.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
10 a.m. EDT
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WHO: Scott Wagner, Barton Marlow Co., Safety Director-Central Region
Patricia Meyer, Director of Construction, MIOSHA
Larry Johnson, Director, OSHA Lansing Area Office

WHAT: Fall Safety Stand-Down

WHERE: Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotopes Beams
Corner of Bogue St. and Shaw Lane on the Michigan State University campus-
Lansing, Mich.

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WHEN: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
11:30 a.m. EDT
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WHO: Scott Wagner, Barton Marlow Co., Safety Director-Central Region
Patricia Meyer, Director of Construction, MIOSHA
Larry Johnson, Director, OSHA Lansing Area Office

WHAT: Fall Safety Stand-Down

WHERE: General Motors Grand River Logistics Operation Center
920 Townsend Street
Lansing, MI. 48921

Join the conversation on Twitter by using #StandDown4Safety and tagging @USDOL

Press interested in attending these events should contact
Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke using the contact information provided above

For access to either Barton Malow project site please also contact Scott Wagner at 248-436-5280,
scott.wagner@bartonmalow.com

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