Fall Prevention - National Stand Down for Safety

A. R. Chesson Construction employees recently participated in the National Stand Down for Safety held June 2 – 6, 2014. The Stand Down is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA), and locally by the Southeastern Occupational Training Institute located at North Carolina State University. Local cosponsors were the North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Division and the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The topic of this year’s Stand Down was Fall Protection Safety.

According to OSHA, a Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to take the time to talk directly to employees about “Fall Hazards,” reinforce the importance of “Fall Prevention,” and to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Fall prevention safety standards are among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, providing evidence that Fall related deaths are preventable.

In order to participate, A. R. Chesson Construction site superintendents were required to hold daily “Tailgate Training” sessions on a number of different topics including ladders, scaffolding, roof work, guardrails, and a fun informational topic called “It’s the Sudden Stop that Hurts”.

The training sessions were well received by employees and subcontractors. The site superintendents used onsite equipment to reinforce the dangers that could be present on any jobsite.

A. R. Chesson Construction is proud to report that 629 workers were trained during this year’s Stand Down.