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5/21/2014 - Austin Safety Stand Down

July 29, 2014 has been designated as Austin Safety Stand down Day!    

The SAIA is supporting OSHA in their efforts to promote a safety stand down during the 2014 SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition this summer.   The purpose of the Austin Safety Stand Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2012.

The SAIA would like Austin construction sites to stop what they are doing at some point during the workday on Tuesday, July 29 and do a safety meeting.  July 29, 2014 has been designated as Austin Safety Stand down Day!    

What is the Austin Safety Stand down?  Austin construction companies conduct a Safety Stand down by stopping work and providing a focused toolbox talk on a safety topic such as ladder safety, fall protection equipment, or scaffolds safety. The meeting can provide information to workers about hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies, goals and expectations. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand down that works best for their workplace.  To make an impact, don’t announce the safety stand down to your employees until it’s time to start.  Workers will remember the content and the time you chose to stop a job and discuss safety.  Download suggestions for a successful safety stand down.

Who Can Participate?  Participants may include trade associations, employers, federal, state and local governmental agencies, professional societies, institutes, and consumer/labor-management interest organizations, sub-and independent contractors. 

What can we do to promote Austin Safety Stand Down?  Forward this information to your customers in Austin and the surrounding areas.  Support the SAIA in our efforts to prevent falls from scaffold & access equipment.


Let’s go viral!  We want to know that you are participating.  Ask your workers to upload comments, photos and videos via social media to #Austinsafety while you participate in the Austin Safety Stand down.

Registration?  While registration is not required it is encouraged.   If your company registers to participate we will follow up on Wednesday July 30 and ask for feedback and provide your company with a certificate of participation.  We will also enter all participating companies in a drawing for a catered breakfast delivered to the jobsite.  Register here if your company will participate in the Austin Safety Stand Down.  

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