OSHA Leads National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls



Loren Sweatt attends a National Safety Stand-Down event at the new D.C. United stadium.
More than 650 construction workers attended a National Safety Stand-Down event at the new D.C. United stadium.

Over one-third of construction fatalities occurred due to falls from elevation in 2016. Every worker in America should return home from work safe and sound at the end of the day.

Falls are preventable.

That’s why the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) holds an annual “National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls” each May. Across the nation and around the world, employers and employees voluntarily stop working to focus on safety concerns surrounding falls from elevation, which in construction is a height of six feet or higher.

This effort provides an opportunity to raise awareness of this serious danger, and a platform for employers and employees to discuss specific safety measures that can mitigate the risk of falls. Stand-down activities may include a discussion of job hazards, an assessment of potential risks, and the development of safety policies and goals.

This year, OSHA kicked off National Safety Stand-Down Week at the newly-constructed D.C. United Audi Field stadium in Washington, D.C. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella and I joined safety experts and over 650 construction workers to discuss the importance of fall prevention, and encourage workers to participate in safety training.

Preventing falls is everyone’s responsibility. This stand-down campaign is a great reminder that we must be vigilant.

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Loren Sweatt is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health.


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BANG MEEETING – 26 Jul 17 – Falls Church, VA



Business And Networking Group
26 July 2017
6:30 to 8:30 PM
The historic Clark House
6332 Barcroft Mews Drive
Falls Church, VA 22041
Our BANG meetings are open to all. Please feel free to bring friends. There will be a Spotlight Speaker presentation of general interest to the group and plenty of networking time with jobseekers, hiring managers and human resource professionals. See you at the BANG. Remember there always “jobs in the room.”
Spotlight Speaker for 26 July 17 will be: Dr. J.T. Howard, Principal of JTH Coaching.  Dr. Howard partners with clients to develop successful career transition strategies.  He offers resume review, interview preparation, and competency assessment services.  Working in corporate and government environments for over 25 years, Dr. Howard has experience in career development, talent acquisition, mentoring, training and development and executive education.
He is MBTI Certified, and a Gallup Strengths Trained coach. Dr. Howard earned his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and is a member of the USMA Class of 1983.  Feel free to contact him at m  for a complementary resume review or interview preparation session. 
For his BANG presentation, Dr. Howard will discuss The Power of Coaching as it relates to job search, networking and career success.
Directions to the Clark House ( ) the historic Clark House is adjacent to the Barcroft Plaza Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at the intersection with Lincolnia Road and Old Columbia Pike. Look for Harris Teeter and Starbucks in the shopping center on the corner at the traffic light. Upon entering the Barcroft Plaza Shopping Center stay on service road to east end of parking area. The Clark House is located at the entrance to a townhouse complex. The Clark House is a restored, late 1800’s Victorian farm house. There will be a sign in front. For additional information contact: Frank Wickersham III

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