For the third year in a row, Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA), along with federal OSHA is promoting and participating in a national safety stand-down from May 2 through 6 to raise awareness among employers and workers about preventing falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.
During the stand-down, employers and workers are asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction and discuss topics like ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety.
Federal OSHA has an official national stand-down website with information about how to conduct a successful stand-down. Afterward, employers will be able to provide feedback and receive a personalized certificate of participation.
The stand-down is part of federal OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign that provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials about how to plan ahead to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers and train all employees about the proper use of that equipment.
May 4: Opus and Weiss Construction -- Oxbo Development, 200 block of West 7th Street, St. Paul; 9 a.m.
Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation staff members and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson greeted approximately 300 construction employees encompassing all skilled trade sets. Hard-hat decals were distributed and the 3M Capital Safety roadshow -- a 48-foot, fully equipped, mobile training center showcasing the company's personal protective equipment -- provided on-site safety training, education and live demonstrations for fall protection.
May 5: JL Schwieters Construction -- 3118 Lake Project, 3118 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis; noon
Safety Pole safety equipment was demonstrated by JL Schweiters Construction. The project featured was a new six-story building with 164 units.