Offering free scaffold safety training throughout month of May
Waukesha, Wis. – April. 11, 2017 – For the third year in a row, Safway Group will support Safety Week, May 7-13, 2017, by being an alliance partner with The Construction Industry Safety Initiative and the Incident & Injury-Free Executive Forum, which together include more than 40 national and global construction firms.
At Safway jobsites throughout North America, safety personnel and managers will hold stand-downs during Safety Week to help inspire Safway employees to be effective, dedicated safety leaders year-round. Additionally, Safway will partner with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) on the fourth annual national initiative to prevent falls, the leading cause of work-related injury and deaths.
"There is nothing more important to our industry and to our business than safety," said Paul Amedee, Safway Group vice president of environmental health and safety. "Safway is committed to continuous improvement both within our company and throughout our industry. Every one of us has a duty to our fellow employees, customers, friends and families to put safety first."
In observance of Safety Week, Safway Group is offering FREE Systems™ and Sectional Scaffold Safety Training for users and erectors throughout the entire month of May. Developed for erectors and those who perform work while on a scaffold, this online training includes chapter quizzes and a final exam. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. For more information or to register, visit Safway.com May 1 - 31, 2017.
During Safety Week 2017, Safway will focus on three key programs to improve safety:
1. Near Hits
According to Amedee, recognizing and reporting near hits are crucial. "Discussing a near hit gives us the opportunity to develop corrective actions and relay the information to all relevant parties," he noted.
2. Good Catches
"If we train ourselves to pay close attention to our surroundings, we can prevent many injuries," said Amedee. "Imagine the following scenarios playing out on jobsites across the United States: spilled coffee, tools left in a walkway, workers distracted by a nearby conversation – and all the others like them. These scenarios may seem small and inconsequential, but all of them can easily lead to a fall, injury or other safety incident."
3. Stop Work
"Whenever anyone believes a situation exists that places a person or equipment at risk or danger, they should take the responsibility to stop and assess the situation," explained Amedee. "It may take a minute or less to stop and evaluate a situation – a minute that could prevent an injury or even save a life."
OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including NIOSH, the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA-approved State Plans, state consultation programs, CPWR, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.
About Safway Group
With more than 115 locations in the U.S. and Canada and distribution channels worldwide, Safway Group delivers high-performance multiservice solutions – THE SMART WAY®. Offering the widest range of equipment and the deep expertise in access, scaffolding, insulation, fireproofing and coatings, Safway Group companies include All-American Scaffold; CL Coatings; Dalco; Industrial Coatings & Fireproofing; MobleySafway; New England Scaffolding; Redi Solutions; Safway Atlantic; Safway Services; Safway Services Canada; S&E Bridge & Scaffold; and Swing Staging. With the most advanced engineering team; an exclusive project management system; award-winning safety; market-leading brands including Spider®, Power Climber® and Power Climber Wind®; and proprietary products like the QuikDeck® Suspended Access System, Safway Group companies design and implement innovative, quality solutions at the lowest total installed cost for projects of any size and scope. Safway has been an industry leader since 1936 and serves commercial construction, elevator, infrastructure (bridges, railroads, airports, shipping ports, stadiums and arenas), manufacturing, marine, petrochemical, power (traditional and renewable), and oil and gas customers worldwide. For more information about Safway Group, visit: www.safway.com.