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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
beginning at 7:00 am

Beginning at 7 am on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 worksite employees will stop working and participate in OSHA's Safety Stand Down focusing on fall prevention. AGC Georgia is a proud co-sponsor of this program. This is the eleventh stand down program AGC Georgia has developed or been a co-sponsor of in recent years. These programs benefit personnel working throughout the United States.

Since the inception of this program, over 155,000 construction industry jobsite employees in Georgia and dozens of other states have participated in at least one Safety Stand Down. These individuals are better prepared to be safe workers after learning key safety topics that AGC Georgia provides to project managers and superintendents who are charged with leading Stand Down tool box talks on their jobsites.

The following materials are available for all participating firms in the Safety Stand Down.

What is a Stand Down?

Companies who know the value of safety training use a Safety Stand Down to stop all work and provide a focused safety toolbox talk meeting on one day, at the same time, on one particular topic. This meeting provides effective communication of safety policies, goals and expectations to all levels of a worksite team.

While stand downs are commonly used in the military, in respect to AGC Georgia's involvement and our construction industry members, they are not new to our industry. Fellow AGC chapters across America regularly organize them for their contractor members and many national contractors also include these in their safety program.

AGC Georgia and our Stand Down partners,
OSHA and CompTrust AGC Mutual Captive Insurance Company (MCIC) believe there is tremendous value in committing 5 minutes to one hour of your workday to talk about safety, leading to increased employee morale. Stopping to talk about safety brings it to the forefront of everyone's mind! It is very important to communicate your firm's safety message to front line workers who constitute the largest group of our industry's workforce.

Why is the focus for this Safety Stand Down on Fall Prevention?

AGC Georgia is a strong supporter of OSHA's campaign to educate field employees on the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.  Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps: plan, provide and train.

For more information on AGC Georgia's Safety Stand Down Programs, please contact Cherri WatsonAGC Georgia's Director of Safety, Education and Workforce Development at 678-298-4104.