April 11, 2018
ATLANTA, GA – Landscape industry associations and employers are partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to sponsor one-hour, safety stand-down events to educate employees on landscaping hazards, and preventing heat-related illnesses. The events will be held at worksites in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi on April 17-18, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. EDT.
At the safety stand-downs, employers will stop work voluntarily, and conduct safety training with employees on landscaping hazards, such as falls, being crushed or hit by objects, electrical, and heat exposure.
“Employers who train their workers, and implement effective safety and health programs can reduce the risks of workers being injured on the job,” said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA Regional Administrator. “Educational events such as these are valuable tools in helping to assure a safe workplace for everyone.”
The Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc., OSHA, employers, and their workers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi are organizing the effort. Contact your local OSHA area office for event information.
For more information on how to identify and correct landscaping hazards, visit OSHA’s Landscaping and Horticultural Services page.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.