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May 4, 2015

Stand-down for fall prevention in construction events begin May 4

Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA), along with federal OSHA, is promoting and participating in the "2015 National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-down," May 4 through 15, to raise awareness about preventing fall hazards in construction.

The safety stand-down campaign, which was first conducted in June 2014, partners MNOSHA with key national safety and health groups, leading employers, and employer and employee organizations. It encourages employers to host voluntary "safety stand-down" events and t alk 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 2013, 291 of the 828 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 May 4, 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 May 4 through May 15, 2015

Construction company

Project

City

Ames/Lunda St. Croix Crossing Stillwater

Kraus-Anderson

3M 280 Building

Maplewood

McGough

Maurices Headquarters

Duluth

Mortenson

Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium

Minneapolis

OPUS

The Nic on Fifth/Xcel Building

Minneapolis

Ryan Companies

Downtown East/Wells Fargo Towers

Minneapolis

Weis Builders

Applewood Pointe

Bloomington and Shoreview

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

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