SEPI Launches 2019 Summer Safety Campaign
As part of our safety culture, SEPI encourages employees to actively promote and practice jobsite safety year-round. The health and safety of our employees is of paramount importance. SEPI is committed to developing and implementing health and safety programs and procedures to prevent accidents and injuries.
This commitment includes a yearly Summer Safety Campaign. The campaign focuses on common workplace hazards and how to prevent them. We want everyone associated with our projects to go home safe and healthy every day!
MAY TOPIC – Fall Prevention
Slips, trips, and falls are common workplace hazards. Use these tips to increase your safety awareness.
- Among the most lethal + non-lethal incidents
- Exposure to a potential fall of ≥6-feet requires a guardrail system or personal fall arrest system
- Additional training required for personal fall arrest system (harness)
- In 2017, 20.7% of worker fatalities occurred in the construction industry. Elevation falls were the leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 381 of the 971 construction-related fatalities in 2017.
- Plan job safely prior to beginning every job
- Use proper equipment for heights
- Proper knowledge of equipment use + safety procedures for roofs, ladders, + scaffolds
- The 6th annual National Safety Stand–Down to prevent falls takes place the week of May 6-10, 2019. The Stand-Down was conceived by OSHA in 2014 as part of the National Falls Campaign to raise awareness surrounding the severity of fall hazards in construction and the importance of preventing them.
- Minimize risk of slipping/falling while on a ladder
- Be attentive
- Watch your steps
- Keep yourself centered + use “3-point contact” [Two hands + one foot (or two feet + one hand) in contact with the ladder steps, rungs, and/or side rails at all times]
- Maintain firm grip on ladder + do not carry loads/objects that can interfere with grip
- Do not pull, lean, stretch, or make sudden movements
- Always use slip-resistant footwear
- Only one person at a time
- Remove trip hazards
- Allow plenty of room for walking
- Install grab bars in bathroom
- Railings on both sides of the stairs
- Proper lighting in hallways, stairs, + outdoor areas
- Ensure walkways are smooth + free of puddles/ice
For more information, contact Scott Stiles, Safety Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.