NFC’s Safety Stand-Down Photo Contest Winner Announced

Originally published by the following source: SBC MagazineJune 11, 2019
by Laura Soderlund

   

“We’re always talking about fall protection,” says Ian Andrews, the operations manager of Carpentry Contractors Company in Montrose, MN. “As a member of the National Framers Council we decided it would be a good idea to participate in the photo contest and get our company out there. We’ve participated in the Stand-Down event every year so we thought we might as well add another piece to it.”

Group of construction guys in Stand-Down shirts holding a plyboard with a worker laying across it

Ian’s crew donned their NFC t-shirts and got creative during OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down, held May 6-10, 2019. His photo (at right) won NFC’s photo contest, and his crew will receive a Yeti cooler to share on their jobsites.

Seven NFC member companies participated in the Stand-Down Photo Contest with a total of 17 photos submitted. The friendly competition was a way to make the event more memorable and have some fun.

As falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers, this annual event helps to highlight the importance of fall protection and raise awareness about common fall hazards and fall prevention best practices. There is more information on the Stand-Down available on NFC’s website and a recent article highlighted suggestions for day-to-day activities.

While OSHA’s Stand-Down event is just a week long, the focus on fall protection should be a daily conversation all year around.

“We do daily safety discussions to outline the potential hazards and we talk about the plan for fall protection because it’s such a big piece for framing,” says Ian, “so it’s a regular topic.” 

Many thanks to NFC Sponsors for their support of this year’s NFC Stand-Down Photo Contest:

  • GOLD: Snavely Forest Products/Typar, Trussway Manufacturing
  • SILVER: FastenMaster
  • BRONZE: Advanced Contractors Supply LLC, Lumbermen Associates, QuickTie Products Inc., Shelter Systems Limited

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