JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – LandSouth Construction, a general contractor specializing in multifamily, senior housing and mixed use development, took part in the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down effort.
The program serves to raise awareness of fall hazards in construction. Work was halted on all their job sites to talk directly to workers about safety.
LandSouth Construction joined with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the second annual National Fall Safety Stand-Down to focus on preventing accidental injuries and catastrophic deaths.
“The Stand-Down focused on fall hazards and reinforcing the importance of fall prevention,” noted LandSouth’s Vice President of Operations Joe Passkiewicz. “The event was held last Monday on all our job sites. We stopped work to address this important aspect of construction work with all our employees, subcontractors and vendors.”
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 291 of the 828 construction fatalities recorded in 2013. Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014.
"We all share a commitment to understand that safety is not a luxury — it is a necessity. Our goal is to work towards preventing these tragedies through innovative and collaborative efforts like the Stand-Down,” said Jeff Ryan, a superintendent for LandSouth in Jacksonville, Fla.
LandSouth Construction is currently working on projects throughout the Southeast including apartments and mixed use developments in Delray Beach, Oviedo, Sanford, Jacksonville and Orlando Fla., Collegedale, Tenn. Mount Pleasant, S.C and senior housing in Bonita Springs, Fla.
At the Integra Village jobsite in Orlando the safety meeting was held in a parking lot. The main safety topic, “You Are Responsible”, emphasized that everyone is responsible to ensure a safe work place.
Topics included Hard Hats, Personal fall arrest systems, specifically relating to man lifts, temporary safety, or guard, rails, personal protective equipment and housekeeping or clean up.
"The Stand-Down serves as an important opportunity for worksites to recognize the fall hazards that cause them, train employees and workers on how to avoid them so that these senseless tragedies can be prevented once and for all,” said Michael Hulon, a project superintendent in Orlando.
A Certificate of Participation, signed by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, was posted at each LandSouth Construction job site following the Stand-Down.
A national program launched by OSHA Last year's Stand-Down reached more than one million workers. This year, OSHA's goal is for more than 20,000 Stand-Downs involving more than 3 million workers. If the goal is met, Stand-Down will have touched almost 4 out of 10 construction workers in the country.
"Construction workers are part of our team. They help build our communities. As an industry we must look to keep them safe by preventing these tragedies," noted LandSouth Construction President and CEO James Pyle. "This safety Stand-Down serves as an important opportunity for everyone to take the time to learn how to recognize and prevent fall hazards."
In its 16 year history, LandSouth Construction has completed more than 10,000 multifamily units, including apartments, senior living, condominiums, and townhomes and made the prestigious National Multifamily Housing Council’s 2015 Top 25 ranking of the nation’s largest apartment contractors.
For more information, call 904.273.6004 or visit www.landsouth.com.
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LandSouth Construction, the Southeast's premier general contractor specializing in multifamily, senior housing and mixed use development, was recently named one of the nation’s Top 25 apartment builders by the National Multifamily Housing Council and Fastest Growing Companies in Florida and a Best Place to Work by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Since 1998 the firm has transformed ideas into first-class communities by providing superior construction management services while building long-term relationships. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 10,000 multifamily units including apartments, hotels, senior living, student and military housing, condominiums, townhomes and mixed use. LandSouth builds projects of the highest quality, aesthetic relevance and enduring value. For more information, call 904.273.6004 or visit www.landsouth.com.