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publication date: Jun 30, 2014
author/source: OSHA

In this issue

National safety stand-down reaches 1M workers

Interagency report released on improving chemical facility safety and security

New interactive training tool highlights hazard identification

Recent tree care worker fatalities, vital safety precautions described in new hazard bulletin

Dollar Tree fined $217,000 for putting Montana workers 

Court of appeals rules in favor of OSHA following worker’s excavation death

OSHA's free On-site Consultation Program helps Wis. company achieve excellence in workplace safety and health

OSHA to convene small business review panel on infectious diseases

NIOSH issues progress report on Prevention through Design initiative

New educational resource aims to help reduce injuries among workers in the nursing home and residential care industries;  


National safety stand-down reaches 1M workers

National Safety Stand-Down

OSHA and partners from industry, labor, academia and community organizations reached more than one million workers and 25,000 businesses last week during the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. From June 2 to 6, businesses paused their workday to focus on preventing falls in the workplace, the number one cause of death in the construction industry.

Clark Construction Group LLC hosted several events during the stand-down week, including a safety demonstration with Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels at the African American History Museum construction site in Washington, D.C. The United States Air Force also hosted stand-downs at bases worldwide, involving 650,000 workers. In Florida, NASCAR race car driver Greg Biffle demonstrated fall protection equipment with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab at the Daytona International Speedway, which is currently under construction.

Workers and employers who participated in a safety stand-down can print their official certificate of participation from OSHA, which will be available through the end of July. View pictures on the Department of Labor Flickr page and read the latest blogs for more information on preventing falls:Stopping Falls Saves Lives and 1 Million Workers Standing Down for Safety.


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