The Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc., OSHA and employers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, staged a safety stand-down to focus and educate workers about industry hazards which most commonly cause injury or death.
Fatalities among workers in the landscaping industry are a growing concern in the Southeast. From 2012 to 2016, 64 people employed in the industry in the region died as a result of workplace injuries. In Florida, industry fatalities have nearly tripled since 2012.
At the Safety Stand-Downs, employers stopped work voluntarily and conducted safety training on injury prevention with workers at risk of falls and being crushed or hit by objects – two leading causes of industry deaths. The focus was also on electrical hazards, another common injury risk.
Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s regional administrator for the Southeast, said, “We are confident that, with the proper knowledge, workers can avoid unnecessary injuries or worse, and return home at the end of each work day. Failing to develop, implement and maintain an effective safety and health program puts workers at risk of being injured on the job.”
Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to worker safety and health to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses.