U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources to Protect Workers from Falls

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace, the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry. OSHA’s goal is to promote awareness about common fall hazards in construction, educate job creators and workers on fall prevention, and reduce the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities. These resources, which continue the goals of the Department’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI), encourage and facilitate compliance evaluations.

Falls can be prevented if employers plan ahead to ensure the job is done safely; provide the right equipment; and train workers to use the equipment safely. OSHA is working with industry stakeholders to provide informative compliance assistance resources.

The sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 6-10, 2019. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the workday to discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them. 

A series of fall safety videos show how to prevent construction-related fall hazards from floor openings, skylights, fixed scaffolds, bridge decking, reroofing, and leading edge work.

OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide provides a lesson plan for employers including several Toolbox Talks.

Fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding provide guidance on the safe use of these types of equipment while performing construction activities.

A brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls, encourages employers to develop a fall prevention plan, and to provide workers with fall protection and training.

OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program provides valuable services for job creators that are separate from enforcement. OSHA recently published an analysis demonstrating how the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program contributes $1.3 billion to the national economy each year. Job creators who implement workplace improvements can reduce lost time due to injuries and illnesses, improve employee morale, increase productivity, and lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

 For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

ABC Supply Receives Gallup Great Workplace Award for the Ninth Time

For the ninth time, building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has been honored with the Gallup Great Workplace Award, which recognizes the best-performing workplaces worldwide. The company is one of only 40 in the world to receive the 2015 award. It also is one of only three nine-time winners, having received the honor every year since its inception.

The award was created to recognize organizations with the highest levels of associate engagement—organizations described by Gallup as having associates who “are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” That focus makes receiving the award a tremendous source of pride for ABC Supply, according to chairman and co-founder Diane Hendricks and CEO and president Keith Rozolis.

“Our people are what make ABC Supply special,” Hendricks says. “They embrace our core values and live them in their work and personal lives. They are passionate about providing exceptional customer service and strive every day to do something better than they did the day before.”

Rozolis adds: “Our people are responsible for all of our accomplishments. We will continue to put them first—listening to and learning from them, giving them the tools they need to succeed, giving them the freedom to get the job done, and providing them with opportunities to grow.”

The Gallup Great Workplace Award is based on rigorous statistical research. Companies considered for the honor were evaluated by a panel of workplace experts who compared each company’s results to those of other companies all over the world. The award is based upon multiple criteria, including response rates, overall engagement levels and evidence of engagement’s impact on performance.