Why NFC's FrameSAFE Helps Reduce Jobsite Risks

Originally published by: National Framers CouncilAugust 4, 2015

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The popularity of reality TV over the past decade went a long way to make dangerous jobs look glamorous, but these shows usually overlooked the more common, yet incredibly important jobs done by millions of hardworking Americans every day.  Wielding a nail gun might not be as sexy as bullfighting or driving a monster truck, but according to an April 2015 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the private construction sector saw a total of 828 fatal work injuries in 2013. These deaths accounted for the highest number of fatal work injuries of any industry sector that year. Moreover, the 2013 total was three percent higher than the 2012 total and represented the largest number of fatal work injuries in private construction since 2009.

The National Framers Council (NFC) was created with a primary mission of helping to ensure that all framers leave the jobsite each day in the same health as they arrived in the morning. The chief focus of the Council’s work since it began in June 2013 has been to create an easy-to use, graphical safety training program designed specifically for framers. The resulting work is FrameSAFE, a comprehensive, OSHA-compliant program that includes a safety manual template, site-specific fall protection plan template, Toolbox Talks, safety posters and other training materials. This bilingual (English/Spanish) program is a valuable tool that supports a culture of safety for Professional Framers and their Skilled Subcontractors.

Before someone on your jobsite is involved in an unfortunate accident, take a few minutes to view a video overview of FrameSAFE. A sample copy of the safety manual template and the current list of Toolbox Talks are also available online for review. New materials are always in the works, and FrameSAFE subscribers receive new documents as they become available.

As a council of the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), the NFC has tremendous strength and potential within its membership to impact the construction industry. Learn more about the NFC and its activities by contacting NFC staff (608-310-6777 or info@framerscouncil.org) or visiting framerscouncil.org. If you haven’t already, join today and get involved with the important work that is being done to safeguard the workforce that is building America!

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