April 24, 2017
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Construction Safety Day classes to be offered May 12 in Puyallup

Washington is experiencing a construction boom, and with it comes an increased risk of work-related injuries and deaths. As the busy summer months approach, it’s more important than ever for employers and workers to take some time to focus on safety and training.

This year’s Construction Safety Day is planned for Friday, May 12, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Washington State Fair Showplex in Puyallup. It’s an opportunity for employers, supervisors and workers to get training on topics that construction industry leaders say are the most important.

Despite safety improvements over the years, construction remains a hazardous occupation. Last year, 10 construction workers in Washington died from on-the-job injuries, and many more were seriously injured.

Preventing falls, trenching safety, leadership skills, and what to expect during an state Labor and Industries agency (L&I) investigation are some of the workshops planned for this 10th annual safety day. The presentations will be led by industry experts, and there’ll also be demonstrations and an exhibit hall.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Daniel Evans, organizer of the Race to Alaska (R2AK), a 750-mile non-motorized boat race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan. While construction workers don’t have to face grizzly bears or icy squalls, they can certainly appreciate the endurance and tenacity of the racers and relate to the physical demands and safety challenges of the race.

Construction Safety Day is co-sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and L&I to promote safety in the construction industry.

Pre-registration is $60 by May 11, or $70 at the door. Currently enrolled students and apprentices may attend for $25. Register online and see the full agenda at www.wagovconf.org. A catered lunch is included in the registration fee.

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