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National Safety Stand-Down scheduled for May 4-15

Workplace falls kill an average of six Kentuckians each year

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April  28, 2015) — The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction from May 4-15 for the event created for employers to talk directly to employees about protection against falls.

stand downCombining all industries, about six Kentucky workers die each year from workplace falls. On average, 4,085 workers are injured each year in workplace falls that result in days away from work.

Falls are the most common fatal hazard in the construction industry, accounting for approximately half the construction deaths in Kentucky. Of the 26 construction workers who died on the job in Kentucky from 2012-2014, 15 were because of falls.

The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Education and Training will hold training sessions at various stand-down events in Kentucky during the next two weeks.

The Labor Cabinet is working in conjunction with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s efforts to raise awareness for fall prevention. Each year in the United States, falls kill more than 200 construction workers and seriously injure 10,000 more.