On-site construction safety meeting amplified to coincide with National Fall Awareness Week
WALTHAM, Mass. – June 5, 2014 – Hobbs Brook Management LLC, a pioneer in the development of office space in the Boston suburbs, together with Dimeo Construction Company and the U.S. Department of Labor, hosted a safety awareness meeting in partnership with the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) national safety stand-down week. The event took place on June 2, 2014 on the current construction site known as Northwoods in Johnston, Rhode Island.
During the stand-down, employers and workers were asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction and discuss topics such as ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety. Patrick Griffin, area director, and Maryanne Medeiros, compliance assistance specialist, both from the OSHA Providence-area office, participated in the regular Monday morning site safety meeting, where they spoke with the site safety crew. A larger safety presentation was then given to the 230+ construction workers from the site.
“Each and every one of you in the room today has a loved one who wants to see you return safely at the end of the day. Today’s discussion has one main message: Come home alive and in the same condition you left in the morning,” said Steve Rutledge, Dimeo chief operating officer. “For more than ten years, OSHA has significantly increased its partnership with management and labor which has resulted in a heightened awareness around safety discussions, training, and announcements. This is something that should not be taken for granted. I urge you to take advantage of every safety discussion and training opportunity and to make sure you have the right tools and the right work plan to operate safely.”
In 2012, 775 fatal events occurred in the construction industry, and 229 were from falls. The National Fall Prevention Campaign provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials on how to plan ahead to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers and train all employees in the proper use of that equipment.
“We are in this together and we can’t do it without you,” Pat Griffin told the workers. “Falls kill more people in construction than any other incident. We need you to participate. Never put yourself in a bad position. Work safe and think about your family.”
The stand-down is part of OSHA’s ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which was started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. Scheduled throughout the week of June 2 to 6, 2014, individual events across the country are intended to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.
Dimeo provided breakfast for 230 workers and reflective safety t-shirts were given out to commemorate the safety proceedings. Hobbs Brook Management, owner of the Northwoods project, coordinated the event and provided access to all involved.
About Hobbs Brook Management LLC
As both owner and operator, Hobbs Brook Management LLC is committed to providing its tenants and their employees with a reliable and fully functional business environment. For leasing information, please visit www.hobbsbrook.com.
Jennifer Shelby, CPSM
Rhino Public Relations
NOTE: Photos provided courtesy of Dimeo Construction Company