January 24, 2011
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Members Can Schedule Free Fall Protection Classes Through Their State or Local HBAs

With studies indicating that falls are the leading cause of death and serious and debilitating injuries on residential job sites, NAHB, in conjunction with the NAHB Research Center, is providing free in-person training on fall protection in the residential construction industry to members and their staffs.

The training, funded through a grant provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, will be offered through state and local home builders associations. Members must contact their HBA to schedule the training, which will be conducted on the job site. Classes hosted by the HBAs must have at least 25 participants, who can be members or non-members.

“Job site safety is the number-one priority for builders,” said NAHB Immediate Past Chairman Bob Jones, a home builder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “With falls continually being the leading cause of injury in our industry, this training will help our members not only improve safety on the job site, it will better equip them to comply with OSHA’s regulations.”

Aimed at small- to medium-sized builders, remodelers, trade contractors, supervisors and workers, the four-hour training session will focus on identifying fall hazards in residential construction and provide attendees an understanding of OSHA fall protection regulations and safe work practices to prevent fall-related injuries and deaths.

The seminar will teach participants how to:

  • Recognize the most common fall hazards on residential job sites
  • Use safe work practices to reduce the risk of injuries
  • Comply with OSHA fall protection regulations that apply to the home building industry

Each participant will receive:

  • NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook
  • NAHB Fall Protection Video
  • NAHB-OSHA Scaffold Safety Handbook
  • NAHB Scaffold Safety Video
  • Other valuable safety and health materials

The training, which began this month, is being held at sites across the country.

Local and state HBAs that are interested in hosting a fall protection training seminar can find out more about the guidelines for hosting, as well as more information on the program, at www.nahb.org/fallprotectiontraining.

For more information, e-mail Tonia Green at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8163; or contact Marcus Odorizzi, x8590.

Help Make Job Site Safety a Priority With Video From NAHB BuilderBooks

The “Jobsite Safety Video,” available through NAHB BuilderBooks, is the first-ever job site safety video for home builders.

The video provides an overview of the key safety issues that residential builders and workers need to focus on to reduce accidents and injuries.

Based on the NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook, this DVD is intended to be used as part of an essential residential construction safety-training program and includes two 20-minute videos on one DVD.

To view or purchase this DVD online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.



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