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Region 2 News Release: 12-1030-NEW (osha 12-052)
May 21, 2012
Contact: Leni Fortson        Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102        215-861-5101
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US Department of Labor's OSHA issues 'call to action' to
New Jersey construction companies to prevent worker falls

NEW YORK – Following four recent construction incidents that took place in Northern New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is calling on construction companies to ensure that employees working above 6 feet have the proper equipment to protect themselves from falls on the job.

OSHA has opened investigations following a worker fall through a roof into a vat of acid in Clifton, N.J.; a worker fall from the roof on a residential construction site in Bayonne, N.J.; a worker fall while installing a steel frame in Madison, N.J.; and a worker fall from an aerial lift in Secaucus, N.J.

"This is a call to action for every contractor in the state," says Robert Kulick, , OSHA regional administrator in New York. "These incidents are tragic reminders of the dangers posed to workers when they are not adequately protected from fall hazards."

There are a number of ways to protect workers from falls, including guardrail systems, safety net systems and personal fall arrest systems, including properly anchored body harnesses and lanyards, as well as the use of safe work practices and thorough training. "Whether working on a roof, a scaffold or in an aerial lift, all workers must have and correctly use the proper equipment to prevent falls," Kulick adds.

In April, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a new campaign to provide employers and workers with lifesaving information and educational materials about working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roof