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Region 5 News Release: 14-1008-CHI
June 2, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Safety Pays, Falls Cost: R.C. Wegman Construction hosts OSHA Fall Safety
Stand-Down event at New Main Aurora Public Library

AURORA, Ill. – Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and they accounted for 12 percent of all occupational injuries in 2012. In an effort to prevent these injuries and fatalities through education and outreach, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launches the 2014 Fall Safety Stand-Down, which will be held from June 2-6. An estimated 1 million workers and 25,000 businesses, including construction industry leaders, will halt their work for one hour during that week to discuss the importance of recognizing fall hazards and implementing fall safety measures.

R.C. Wegman Construction will be a part of this nationwide effort on Tuesday, June 3 beginning at 11 a.m. CDT at the New Main Aurora Public Library, a project currently under construction by the company. A toolbox talk on fall protection including a presentation by DBI Sala, a manufacturer of fall protection equipment will be part of the training session for about 35 workers. The stand-down is being coordinated through the North Aurora Area OSHA office.

Thomas E. Perez. United States Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Labor Perez announcing Stand-Down

"Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in the construction industry," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor