Werner, which makes ladders, climbing products and fall protection equipment, says that it will lead more than 200 training events in support of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OHSA) safety initiative.
From May 7 to May 11, the safety events will be conducted nationwide, including high-visibility events where both Werner and OSHA representatives will be participating.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2016, the leading cause of work deaths in the construction industry was due to falls from elevation. Out of the 991 total deaths in construction, 384 accounted for falls.
“This is Werner’s third year in supporting OSHA to raise awareness regarding the risks associated with working at heights,” Chris Filardi, vice-president of marketing for WernerCo, said in a statement. “These hands-on trainings will provide thousands of construction professionals with real-life workplace scenarios and continue the discussion of safety at the jobsite.”
During the month of May, the Werner End User Specialists will lead more than 200 Safety Stand-Down training events across the country. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk about safety and raise awareness in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries in construction. These hands-on trainings included ladder inspections, fall protection equipment inspections, harness adjustment trainings, fall protection tripod training sessions and more.
Once the trainings have been completed, professionals will able to download their OSHA Safety Stand-Down Certificate of Participation, which can be shared with their safety director. Each person that submits their information for a certificate, will automatically be entered to win a free ladder safety or fall protection training.
Werner will be giving away a total of six trainings in 2018, one every month starting in June. Participants will also have the opportunity to register to win a new Werner ProForm high performance harness, the only immediate post-fall relief harness.
For those who are not able to attend one of Werner’s training events, they can visit www.wernerstanddown.com to take a free online course, register for a free onsite training or review comprehensive literature and other safety resources.