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June 2, 2014

Weeklong stand-down for fall prevention in construction begins June 2

Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA), along with federal OSHA, is promoting and participating in the "2014 National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-down," June 2 through 6, to raise awareness about preventing fall hazards in construction.

MNOSHA is partnering with key national safety and health groups, leading employers and employer organizations for this voluntary "safety stand-down" event that encourages employers to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall prevention.

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers. In 2012, 269 of the 775 construction fatalities in the nation were the result of falls.

Construction companies are asked to stop work for a safety stand-down meeting focused on a related safety topic, such as ladder safety, fall-protection equipment or scaffold safety, to provide workers with information about hazards, protective methods and the company's safety practices, policies, goals and expectations.

Fall-prevention resources, posters and participation information are available online at www.dli.mn.gov/OSHA/Falls.asp.

Beginning June 2, companies can print a participation certificate at www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown and share a photo from their safety stand-down meeting on Twitter using #standdown4safety.

Stand-down events at various worksites in Minnesota during June 2 through June 6

Construction company

Project

City

Adolfson & Peterson

Folkestone at the Promenade

Wayzata

Ames/Lunda

St. Croix Crossing

Stillwater

J.E. Dunn

Minnesota State Capitol Renovation

St. Paul

Kraus-Anderson

3M R&D Lab

Maplewood

Mortenson

Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium

Minneapolis

OPUS

The Nic on Fifth

Minneapolis

Ryan Companies

Target North

Brooklyn Park

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News media contact:
James Honerman
(651) 284-5313

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