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REDUCING FALL HAZARDS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHT FREE OSHA CONFERENCE'S IN EDWARDS AND FRISCO, COLO MAY 2 AND 16
Innovative approaches to help workers and employers reduce the high number of injuries and fatalities occurring from fall hazards in the Colorado construction industry will be the focus of a free two-day event in Edwards, Colo. May 2 and Frisco, Colo. May 16.
The "Reducing Fall Hazards in the Construction Industry Conference" sponsored by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Colorado State University's Health and Safety Consultation Program, will be held at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards Wednesday, May 2nd and at Summit Middle School in Frisco Wednesday, May 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. each day.
In Colorado, more than 34 percent of all construction related fatalities are due to falls, and over 72 percent of all construction fall fatalities were suffered by employees of special trade contractors, such as roofers, carpenters, and masons.
Each conference will feature free classroom training sessions in both English and Spanish on fall hazard protection and scaffold safety. OSHA expects to have between 250 to 400 workers and employers attending over the two sessions.
Each of the sessions on fall hazard protection and scaffold safety will include a discussion on Safety Programs and Safety Pays, a review of OSHA fall protection standards, a presentation on practical applications and a panel question and answer session.
Seating for all conference sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis with no pre-registration required.
The Fall Hazards Conference is part of a Local Initiative Program for Fall Hazards in the Construction Industry developed by the OSHA Denver area office that includes both innovative outreach and traditional enforcement strategies to help reduce the high number of injuries and fatalities due to falls.
The program was initiated two years ago in Denver County and is aimed at providing outreach training opportunities in the top five counties which have experienced the highest number of lost-time claims and fatalities for the entire area office jurisdiction.
Nationwide, construction workers have accounted for one out of every six fatal work injuries from 1992 through 1997. During that same period, the three leading causes of fall deaths among construction workers nationwide were falls from roofs, roof holes, roof edges (51 percent), scaffolds (17 percent), and ladders (17 percent). Special trade contractors such as roofers, carpenters and masons accounted for approximately 59 percent of all construction related fatalities.
For further information on the conferences contact the Colorado State Consultation Service at (970) 491-6151 or the OSHA Denver area office at (303) 844-5285 or 1-800-755-7090.
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