Stand Down on Fall Protection

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Fatalities caused by falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 fatalities recorded in 2014. Education is being done to increase awareness of safety risks and help reduce these preventable deaths.

GAF, in partnership with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is participating in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down from May 2-6. The goal is to encourage companies to take a break and have a talk about maintaining a safe work environment. The Stand-Down discussion could cover topics such as safety equipment inspections, developing a rescue plan, or job hazards. Another way to participate in the Stand-Down is to watch our webinar about fall protection and fill out a registration form to receive an official Stand-Down certificate of participation.

Besides the safety implications, non-compliance can cost roofing contractors up to $7,000 for each occurrence of a serious violation. By ensuring that roofing contractors are in compliance with OSHA standards, we cannot only keep them safe, but also avoid potentially significant fines.

OSHA has events planned throughout the week all over the country. Check out their calendar to find one near you.

You can also learn about safety hazards and access documents, webinars, and downloadable toolbox talks from Western States Roofing Contractors Association in the GAF special safety section. Plus, if you have a Stand-Down story, share it on social media and tag it with #StandDown4Safety during the week.

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