Clark Supports OSHA National Safety Stand Down

June 23, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. – In early June, Clark joined forces with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for their National Safety Stand Down. The week-long stand down initiative was launched by OSHA's Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, and Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels, and was a part of the organization's on-going Fall Prevention Campaign. "Never before have we been able to reach such a large number of people with a single worker safety initiative, and it couldn't come at a more vital time," Perez said in a press teleconference on June 2 to kickoff the week-long event.

As part of the initiative, several Clark jobsites across the country stopped work to talk about fall prevention. On the National Museum of African American History and Culture jobsite, more than 300 craftsmen joined Dr. David Michaels to focus on fall prevention measures.

At the New Adult Stanford Hospital, Clark's Safety Manager opened the safety stand down with a powerful message that hit close to home for the workers onsite. He reviewed six recent fall fatalities in the Bay area alone, focusing on how each and every one could have been prevented with proper inspection and use of a fall protection harnesses.

On the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense Replacement Facility (USAMRICD) the project team gathered to discuss a number of fall prevention items, including the importance of properly marking floor openings, scaffold and ladder safety, and Leading Edge Warning Line Systems — all items that help workers stay safe at different site elevations.

The Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse team invited the project's owner's representative and California OSHA executives to participate in their stand down event. Clark's Safety Manager led the presentation, covering topics such as fall protection, ladder safety, and situational awareness.

Launched in 2012, OSHA's annual National Safety Stand Down week has gained momentum in the last two years. More than one million workers, in an array of industries, participated in the 2014 National Safety Stand Down.

Clark is committed to safety above all else. This month's safety stand down events further reinforced the company's belief that all accidents are preventable, and through proper planning and training, employee engagement and empowerment, and constant vigilance.

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