Safety Month Focuses on Falls, Overexertion and Driving
The hazards of teen driving, falls, overexertion and distracted driving are the focus of the National Safety Council’s (NSC) annual National Safety Month campaign in June.
As part of their everyday workplace responsibilities, residential construction workers often drive vehicles, work at heights and perform tasks that are physically exerting.
Falls accounted for 45% of the deaths reported in the NAHB study, “Residential Construction Industry Fatalities, 2003-2006,” making it the number-one cause of fatal injuries in the home building industry. Transportation accidents accounted for 14% of deaths in the industry.
The NSC has developed a set of posters and safety tips in both English and Spanish to help employers educate their employees on how to prevent injuries. To downloand these educational resources, click here.
NAHB provides resources — including onsite training, videos and publications — to help employers and employees alike educate themselves on proper safety precautions while participating in any potentially dangerous activities both on and off the job.
To see all of NAHB’s safety resources available through BuilderBooks, go to: www.builderbooks.com/safety.
In conjunction with the NAHB Research Center, NAHB has developed a 2-1/2 hour onsite seminar for builders, trade contractors, supervisors and workers focusing on identifying scaffold and ladder hazards in residential construction. The program also provides participants with an understanding of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration scaffold and ladder regulations and safe work practices to prevent fall-related injuries and deaths.
To learn more about the scaffold and ladder safety training, and to see a list of programs scheduled around the country in 2009, go to: www.nahb.org/scaffoldtraining.
For more information on NAHB safety training programs, e-mail Lindsay Cather, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8163.
Boost Job Site Safety With Fall Protection Training Products
In an effort to increase job site safety and reduce the chance of job related accidents, NAHB has produced the “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish” and “NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish.”
Both are available through BuilderBooks.com.
The 30-minute “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish” can be used by builders to train workers to use safe work practices that eliminate fall hazards and comply with OSHA fall-protection standards.
The “NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish” provides guidelines for creating a written fall-protection plan and identifying safe work practices that can prevent costly accidents and injuries. Written with clear text, photographs and illustrations, the book serves as a user-friendly resource for promoting safety on any job site.
To purchase the handbook and video online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.