Friday, June 29, 2007

SAFE Stand Down largest in Texas history

SAFE Stand Down largest in Texas history
The AGC organized the SAFE Stand Down in Texas, an event that gives workers safety and procedural training. The theme "Take Five to Stay Alive" promoted pre-task planning to reduce accidents and increase work safety.

This was the fifth event in Texas, and the first to go state-wide. The first stand down took place in 2005 when the region experience 32 jobsite deaths in 2004, and nine occurred in the first four months of 2005.

"Every Stand Down gets bigger and bigger," said Dino Sideris, safety director for Bob Moore Construction. "We saw how successful the training sessions were in the Metroplex and rolled the concept out to the rest of the state. It's very gratifying to know that the efforts we put in motion two years ago are now improving the welfare of more than 5,000 workers around the state. Ultimately, I'd like to see other states pick up this program as well."

According to the AGC, about 306 general contractors participated in the event, training 5,200 workers, which stopped more than $2.1 billion in commercial construction projects.

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