FOR RELEASE: MAY 6, 2015

South Dakota Stands Down for Construction Fall Safety

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 291 of the 828 construction fatalities recorded in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). To underscore the top priority of protecting workers, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of South Dakota members; Journey Group and Dakota Riggers, will be hosting a fall protection demo in conjunction with OSHA’s Construction Fall Safety Stand-Down, taking place now through May 15th On Monday, May 11th at 8:00 AM CT Capital Safety’s Jason Giefer will be bringing the DBI/Sala Demonstration Truck to the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls for a Fall Protection Demonstration. Participating companies are AGC Contractor & Sub-Contractor members who are participating in this voluntary Stand Down to promote & help all workers raise awareness on the importance of safe work practices. The fall protection demo will focus on fall protection challenges and display the latest in popular safety products. Contractors will not only be brushing up on a wealth of fall protection knowledge, the demonstration truck has the capability to do test drops, a very visual experience if you’ve never witnessed this demonstration before. Tens of thousands of employers and more than a million workers across the nation are expected to join OSHA for this event. South Dakota is joining the campaign led by OSHA to prevent deadly falls in the local construction industry. The awareness campaign will provide employers and workers with life-saving information and educational materials about working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.

More information on the OSHA Stand Down can be found at: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/

The AGC of South Dakota is a voluntary trade association of more than 500 contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors and service firms.

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