WernerCo Trains 17,000 Construction Professionals for Annual National Safety Stand-Down Initiative

June 2019

Werner conducted more than 200 training events in support of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s National Safety Stand-Down initiative held last month. The safety events were conducted nationwide and provided more than 17,000 professionals with hands-on fall protection training led by both WernerCo and OSHA representatives.
    
Falls from elevations continue to be one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. In 2017, falls resulted in 381 total deaths in construction, accounting for 39.2 percent of all construction fatalities that year. As such, OSHA cites “Fall Protection, Construction” as number one on its list of Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards, with “Fall Protection – Training Requirements” listed at number nine.
    
During the month of May, the WernerCo End-User-Specialist Team led more than 200 Safety Stand-Down training events. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to take a break and focus on job site fall hazards, and reinforce the importance of fall prevention, in an effort to prevent fall fatalities and injuries in construction. These trainings include ladder inspections, fall protection equipment inspections, harness adjustment trainings, fall protection tripod training sessions and more.
    
Once the trainings have been completed, participants received a certificate of completion from WernerCo that can be shared with their company’s safety director.