May 2019 ‘Stand-Down to Prevent Falls’ Challenge

What: In honor of OSHA’s “National Stand‐down to Prevent Falls” the BWC Canton/Cambridge Service Offices are hosting a Safety Council Challenge. We want to encourage every Safety Council member to perform safety training on preventing falls.

It’s easy. Training materials are linked below (or you can use your own) and all you need to do is:

  1. Perform the training to as many employees as possible (but 100% is not required to participate in this challenge)
  2. Document your attendance (keep it for your own records) and
  3. Submit the information (Click here for the form) to your safety council by Monday, June 3, 2019.
  • When: The entire month of May
  • Who: Every Profession – Industry, Healthcare, Construction, Service or any others
  • Where: Your own facility or in the field at your jobsite
  • Why: Falls are the number one reason for fatalities in Construction, but it doesn’t stop there. Every employer has a risk of employees slipping, tripping or falling. It may be the Ohio weather or the fact that all employees walk at some point during the work day. The risk is there, so the Safety Council challenge is for you to “stand‐down” and talk about it. Any employer can hold a stand‐down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” in your specific workplace and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.

The council with the highest member participation percentage will be presented with an award at a regular meeting!

Links to more information, training materials, training events, resources & more!



March 26, 2019 – Fall Protection Seminar

Please Note: this is not a PCSC sponsored event but does qualify for 1 external training credit for PCSC members.

Click here to register.

Fall protection is a complicated issue and one of the most important faced by an employer or worksite supervisor. With over 100,000 reported incidents per year, falls from heights almost always result in serious injury.

In the construction industry, falls are the number one cause of worker death. In any industry, not having fall protection can have serious consequences. Join us for this breakfast workshop with practical hands-on demonstration.

Who should attend

Anyone with fall protection concerns or anyone who currently uses fall protection.

You will learn:

  • To Recognize fall hazards in Construction and General Industry;
  • To select fall protection systems as referenced in occupational safety health codes;
  • To monitor the effectiveness and appropriate use of fall protection systems.

Presented by:

Eric White, Construction Safety Consultant Specialist, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)

Eric White is a Construction Safety Consultant for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Safety & Hygiene.  Mr. White has been with the Division for 19 years and in the safety field for 25 years. Prior to coming to work for the Division of Safety & Hygiene Mr. White held positions with the Mechanical Contractors’ Association, Honda of America, OHM Corporation and worked many years as a carpenter.  He holds a BS in Environmental Hazardous Materials Management/Industrial Hygiene from the University of Findlay.