Falls are 100% preventable. However, they are still the leading cause of death in the construction industry in the United States, accounting for one-third of all on-the-job deaths. 51% of all falls occur in the construction industry. During OSHA’s 7th annual National Safety Stand-Down focused on fall prevention the week of September 14-18, 2020 PLH Group will join companies of all sizes across the globe to work toward eliminating injuries from this preventable hazard.
PLH Group— a multinational, full-service power line construction, pipeline construction, and specialty contractor comprised of 11 entities that performs a wide-range of services for the electric power line, pipeline, oil field electrical, and industrial markets– routinely works from height to ensure safe and reliable electric power to communities throughout North America.
“Whether suspended in the sky from one of Air2’s helicopters, climbing a 40-foot electric transmission pole, or working from a trench box ladder, fall safety is an integral part of PLH Group’s preventative safety plan,” said Elsie Bentley, safety director, PLH Group. “Though it is a topic discussed daily on PLH Group job sites, we recognize the importance of a safety stand-down dedicated to the topic, ensuring that all of our crews return home safely each day. That is why we have participated in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down for the last several years, and have preparations in place throughout our entities for the 2020 fall prevention stand-down.”
What is a “safety stand-down”?
A “safety stand-down” refers to pausing normal work activities to focus on a specific safety topic. During a stand-down, management and workers focus on the hazard, while discussing preventative measures, company policies, and team expectations through a variety of activities.
“PLH Group believes that safety stand-downs are more than just an opportunity for management to communicate safety messages to the entire workforce. Through our PREVENT System, workers are encouraged to work every single day with a questioning attitude and are given Stop Work Responsibility. However, during this week-long fall safety stand-down, we encourage open, two-way communication between crews and their supervisors and management. It’s a time for our entire company to come together to ensure the safety of all of those who come on to our job sites,” said Bentley.
Follow all National Safety Stand-Down activities, including those from PLH Group companies, during the week of September 14-18 by following #StandDown4Safety.
PLH Group companies participated in OSHA’s 2019 National Stand-Down for Safety focused on fall prevention