Increased Fatalities Highlight Need for Heightened Safety on the Jobsite

Originally published by: National Framers CouncilOctober 7, 2015

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OSHA recently reported that preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries show that the rate of fatal work injuries in 2014 was unchanged from 2013, at about 3 per 100,000 full-time workers, but the total number of fatalities grew, reflecting an overall increase in employment. The report specifically noted that the number of fatalities grew in the construction industry. In a statement on the BLS report, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said, "Far too many people are still killed on the job—13 workers every day taken from their families tragically and unnecessarily. These numbers underscore the urgent need for employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees as the law requires."

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 becomes an unfortunate statistic, 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. This past month the program added a new Safety Poster and three new Toolbox Talks, bringing the total collection to 42 topics.

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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