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TN Employers Shut Down Work Places for Statewide Safety Event

Friday, June 07, 2013 | 06:06am

EVENT PLANNED FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY JUNE 10TH 

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration has partnered with several construction trade associations to co-sponsor the statewide Caught In/Between Accidents Safety Stand Down. Participating employers will shut down their jobsites on Monday morning, June 10th, at 7:00 a.m. and discuss the prevention of caught/in between injuries.

Caught in/between accidents are one of OSHA’s Focus Four Hazards. There is typically a rise in accidents during the summer months of June through August. As such, the event is scheduled at the start of this busy, high-hazard time of year to emphasize the requirements surrounding this important topic.

“TOSHA is committed to keeping Tennessee workers safe and creating awareness is an important factor in attaining this goal,” said Burns Phillips, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. “We feel this will be an event that will truly impact the hard-working construction workers’ safety and health across this state.”

To be a part of the Safety Stand Down, employers will need to fill out and send in a registration form. In return they will receive a promotional flyer and training information electronically. To track the success of the program, organizers are requesting notification of the number of companies and employees impacted by the program.

The partnering construction trade associations participating in this event are Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, American Society of Safety Engineers, Home Builders Association of Tennessee, Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association, and the Tennessee Road Builders Association.

For more information on the Caught In/Between Accidents Safety Stand Down please go to http://www.agcetn.org/event/caught-inbetween-safety-stand-down/ or contact Tom Hutto, Safety Director, Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee at 423-265-1111.

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