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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Monday, April 23, 2012
OSHA, FHWA And State Of Georgia Announce Safety Stand-Down
OSHA is partnering with construction contractors, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the state of Georgia and local government organizations to sponsor a safety stand-down hour at construction sites around Georgia during National Highway Work Zone Awareness Week, which will be April 23-27.
Workers voluntarily will stop work at construction sites from 7 to 8 a.m. EDT
to conduct work zone safety training focused on the prevention of distracted driving, such as texting while driving, and worker injuries from traffic objects and vehicles. Objects and vehicles striking workers are the leading cause of construction-related deaths. Approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes.
The stand-down is being organized by the Georgia Struck-By Alliance.
"The members of this alliance have demonstrated initiative and leadership organizing this safety stand-down industry-wide throughout Georgia to emphasize the importance of work zone safety. The stand-down will heighten construction workers' awareness of and ability to identify and eliminate work-related hazards," said Cindy Coe, OSHA's regional administrator for the Southeast.
An informational flyer and toolbox, in English and Spanish, are available on the Associated General Contractors of America Inc. Georgia Branch website at http://www.agcga.org/cs/safety_stand_down_program/2012_georgia_struckby_alliance_stand_down
. For more information, contact Marilyn Velez in OSHA's Atlanta-West Area Office at 678-903-7301, Steve Simmons in the Atlanta-East Area Office at 770-493-6644 or Phillip Moncrief in the Savannah Area Office at 912-652-4393.
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