Clark partnered with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to draw attention to the importance of workplace safety during their fourth annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down. The event, which kicked off National Safety Week, was hosted at The Wharf, a mega mixed-used development project located on Washington, DC’s southwest waterfront.
Clark’s Vice President of Safety, Jesse Rice, and President and CEO Robert Moser joined OSHA officials to address the crowd of more than 1,300 craftworkers. During his remarks, Moser thanked workers for their dedication to safety on the project. He also reminded participants that everyone has a loved one counting on their safe return each day and emphasized the value of having a plan and a personal commitment to safety. Moser closed by stressing the importance of looking out for one another and “having each other’s back.” He demonstrated this by taking a selfie with the entire team.
OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, Dean McKenzie, and Regional Administrator, Richard Mendelson, also addressed attendees with a message on fall prevention. “Despite our continued efforts, falls are still the leading cause of death in the industry,” stated McKenzie. “All of these deaths were preventable.”
OSHA’s National Fall Prevention Safety Stand Downs have reached more than five million workers over the last four years; several have been hosted on Clark project sites. With more than 300 deaths occurring from falls each year, Clark and OSHA continue to encourage a dialogue around fall hazard awareness and fall prevention.
In addition to the National Stand Down event in Washington, Clark project teams across the country took time to stand down for safety as part of a company-wide stand down. Teams used the event to emphasize the importance of planning and proper PPE, and to thank craftworkers for their continued safety vigilance. In addition to the May 1 stand downs, Clark teams have events planned throughout the week to demonstrate the company’s commitment to the safety of our workforce, and appreciation for the men and women who help us build safely.