Oregon participates in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction

SafeBuild Alliance Kick-off event: Shawn Carey and Ilene Farrell of Quality Plus Services reviewing the Stand-Down Poster and OR-FACE Toolbox Guides

Dustin Schneider, Capital Safety, demonstrating fall protection equipment

May 9 Stand-Down event panel discussion

The stand down is part of OSHA’s ongoing national Fall Prevention Campaign that began in 2012. This year the Stand-Down coincided with National Construction Industry Safety Week. OR-FACE partnered with the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, SafeBuild Alliance, AGC Oregon Columbia Chapter, Oregon Home Builders Association, and Oregon OSHA to encourage employers and workers to participate in the Stand-Down.

On May 1, 180 individuals attended the SafeBuild Alliance Construction Industry Safety Week kick-off event with Mike Parnell as the featured speaker. On display at the event were posters of company activities planned for safety week and proclamations by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and several city mayors encouraging residents to observe and participate in the May 3-9 Construction Safety Week.

On May 8, the partners organized an event facilitated by Harvey McGill that included speakers, panel discussion and a free course on “Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry.” There were 38 attendees at the event that included safety professionals and construction workers. OSHA Region X Area Director, Cecil Tipton was on hand to open the event. After presentations, a panel comprised of Region X Area Director, Illa Gilbert-Jones (OR-FACE), Travis Stone (AGC Oregon), Dustin Schneider (Capital Safety), Doug Pettyjohn (Oregon HBA), and Aimee Standring (SafeBuild Alliance) answered participant questions. Dustin Schneider demonstrated fall protection equipment at both events. The event culminated with Harvey and Craig Hamelund (OR-OSHA) teaching “OSHA 7405: Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry to prevent falls in commercial and residential construction.

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