From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director
April 28, 2017: Workers' Memorial Day
In America, we set aside the last Sunday in May as Memorial Day to honor the men and women who have died defending our country. On April 28, we join nations around the world in marking Workers' Memorial Day -- a day of remembrance for those who have died on the job.
Each year, more than 4,000 American workers die from work-related injuries and over 50,000 die from occupational disease. Our industry sees more than its share of deadly on-the-job injuries: 985 in 2015. The single biggest cause? Falls, responsible for 367 of those deaths.
These deaths are preventable. I hope you will resolve to take action by participating in the National Safety Stand-Down on May 8-12. Construction contractors, labor organizations, government agencies and others will be taking time out that week to review safety procedures, check equipment, hold toolbox talks, and organize other fall awareness and prevention activities.
Today, we remember our dead. Tomorrow, let's honor their memory by acting to Stop Construction Falls.
CPWR Webinar: Fall Injuries and Prevention in Construction
May 9th @ 2:00pm EDT (30 min): CPWR Quarterly Data Report: Fall Injuries and Prevention in the Construction Industry. The 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will take place from May 8-12th. In support of the Stand-Down, CPWR recently released our Quarterly Data Report on Fall Injuries and Prevention in the Construction Industry. This webinar will review the main findings of the report, and highlight the need to reduce fall injuries and fatalities in construction and the importance of the Stand-Down and the overall CPWR-NIOSH-OSHA National Fall Prevention Campaign. CLICK TO REGISTER
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, 8484 Georgia Ave. #1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910