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Region 7 News Release: 14-991-KAN
June 4, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976

Safety Pays, Falls Cost: Key/Walbridge hosts OSHA Fall Safety Stand-Down
event at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Terminal Project

WICHITA, Kan. – 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.

Key/Walbridge will be a part of this nationwide effort on Thursday, June 5 beginning at 10:30 a.m. CDT. More than 180 workers are expected to attend the event at the Wichita Airport Terminal Project to learn about fall protection. The stand-down is being coordinated through the Wichita 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: Tylor Holder, Project Safety Manager, Key/Walbridge
Judy Freeman, OSHA Area Director, Wichita, Kan.

WHAT: Fall Safety Stand-Down

WHERE: Wichita Mid-Continent Airport
2277 Mid-Continent Road
Wichita, KS 67209

WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 2014
10:30 a.m. CDT
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Press interested in attending these events should contact
Scott Allen or Rhonda Burke using the contact information provided above
and Tylor Holder, Project Safety Manager, 316-304-2001

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