Stand-Down Brings Stand-Up Results
By: Jerry Nevlud, AGC Houston President & CEO

Plan. Provide. Train… Three simple steps to preventing falls.

That is the message on the web page welcoming you to its Fall Prevention Campaign. From that page, and according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, you learn that falls are the leading cause of death in construction. Deaths that are preventable.

With that in mind, Fall Prevention was once again the focus of AGC Houston’s Annual Safety Stand Down. The final numbers for the two-week event this past May show that over 18,000 workers participated – and heard – the message on preventing falls. Those are incredible numbers and truly highlight the commitment of the AGC Safety Committee and the many participating AGC member employers!

AGC Houston and its Safety Committee are extremely proud – as they should be – of the growth and the status of the Safety Stand-Down since its inception more than a decade ago. In fact, members of the AGC Safety Committee have been asked to share their best practices to a national audience at the upcoming AGC of America Safety Conference. Additionally, the importance of a Stand Down and its success in emphasizing project safety is now a part of the messaging shared in our safety training programs with small and minority contractors.

But the real success of the event lies in the collaborative nature of all involved. In addition to the contractors who choose to participate, it is the support of the local OSHA representatives who work very closely with the Safety Committee. It is the commitment of the AGC member Safety Consultants who provide their expertise – gratis. And it is the willingness of the service and equipment providers that bring much of the safety training to life. All of them committed to every worker, every day, arriving safely home.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who made this year’s Stand Down such a success!

And finally…

Water. Rest. Shade. Keeping Workers Safe in the Heat

That is a safety message that is currently – and prominently – displayed on the website; so appropriate for summer in Houston! For those of us who are fortunate to only have to be outside for short periods, it is a worthwhile message. For those spending an eight-hour workday in the heat, it can truly be a matter of life and death.

So be careful… and have a happy and safe Houston Summer!