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Region 5 News Release: 14-1020-CHI
June 2, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976

Safety Pays, Falls Cost: CG Schmidt hosts OSHA Fall Safety Stand-Down
event at UW-Milwaukee Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – 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.

CG Schmidt, the general contractor for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex with part of this nationwide effort, June 3. About 150 workers are expected to attend the event which will feature fall protection training and a demonstration by Miller Fall Protection. The event is being coordinated through the Milwaukee Area OSHA office.

Thomas E. Perez. United States Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Labor Perez announcing Stand-Down

"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: Frank Slamar, CG Schmidt, Corporate Safety Director
          Christine Zortman, OSHA Area Director, Milwaukee

WHAT: Fall Safety Stand-Down

WHERE: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
              Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex
              N. Maryland Ave. & E. Kenwood Blvd.
              Milwaukee, Wis. 53201

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
            9:45 a.m. CDT
            Add to your iCal/Outlook calendar

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

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