OSHA, NIOSH team up to help prevent construction falls

Los Angeles – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on April 26 announced a new campaign from OSHA and NIOSH to help prevent falls in construction.

The “Safety Pays. Falls Cost.” awareness campaign provides information and education materials about working on ladders, scaffolds and roofs, with an emphasis on residential contractors and vulnerable, low-literacy workers. According to OSHA, 255 construction workers died and 10,000 were injured as a result of falling from heights in 2010.

As part of the campaign, OSHA created a webpage on fall protection standards. NIOSH also maintains a webpage, and the Center for Construction Research and Training, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, highlights fall data on its website.

Solis announced the campaign at the Action Summit on Worker Safety and Health in honor of Workers Memorial Day.

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