Workshop planned on prevention of falls

Woody and Buzz Lightyear perfected it in the children’s movie, Toy Story. As the two sailed through the air, Woody said, “Hey, Buzz! You’re flying.” His airborne companion corrected, “This isn’t flying. This is falling with style.”

For those who have not mastered the art of falling with style, the Associated General Contractors of America will present a special program in Boise. “Fall Protection Training in the Construction Industry,” will be part of a comprehensive program Jan. 25, 26, 2012, on construction and workplace safety.

Each year, falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, according to the AGC. An average of 325-350 workers died and more than 100,000 were injured annually the past decade by construction-related falls.

The two-day training is especially appropriate for company officers, managers, project managers, supervisors and foremen, union and non-union contractors, architects and engineers, home builders, framing contractors and contractor employees.

The presentation, made possible in part by a Susan Harwood federal grant, will address the following topics:

  • Fall protection statistics
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) standards for fall protection
  • Identifying fall hazard locations
  • Selection and criteria of fall protection systems and equipment, and
  • Fall-protection training requirements.

For more information, contact Bob Kohnke, First Link Safety at (208) 941-6818.

Published 10-21-2011