On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Franjo Construction participated in a voluntary national safety event at one of its active job sites (Arsenal 201). According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees.” Both OSHA and Franjo know those deaths are preventable. In an effort to prevent them, the construction industry is encouraged to participate in the event.
This was the 6th year in a row that Franjo participated in the event. Franjo’s Safety Director, Jay Celaschi, coordinated the event in partnership with WernerCo, who manufactures and distributes climbing equipment, access systems, fall protection equipment, and job site truck & van storage equipment. Brian Neely from WernerCo came out to perform demonstrations and educate the audience on current safety procedures. Brian demonstrated how to put on a harness properly and talked about what it would feel like if one were to experience fall. He then had Jay help hoist him up, using a pulley, demonstrating as closely as possible the effects of hanging in a harness after a fall and what to do next. Brian did an excellent job of keeping the audience engaged while ensuring the information was conveyed thoroughly.
Check out some photos from the event below, and for more information on the National Safety Stand-Down, visit https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/.