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Region 5 News Release: 14-1016-CHI
June 2, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976

Safety Pays, Falls Cost: Turner Construction Co. hosts
OSHA Fall Safety Stand-Down event, June 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio – 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.

Turner Construction Co. will be a part of this nationwide effort on Tuesday, June 3 beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT. More than 50 workers are expected to attend the training stand down to review proper safety precautions to prevent falls including a product demonstration. The stand-down is being coordinated by Turner Construction Co. and the Columbus 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: Layne Wortman, Turner Construction Co.
          Deborah Zubaty, OSHA Area Director, Columbus

WHAT: Fall Safety Stand-Down

WHERE: Turner Construction Co. jobsite
              1700 Arlingate Lane
              Columbus, Ohio

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
            11:30 a.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

Media will also need to contact Layne Wortman at Turner Construction
to gain access to the site, 614-984-3039

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