OSHA Uses Buses in Effort to Prevent Construction Falls

September 9, 2013 - 12:54 PM

DART bus with OSHA fall poster

DART Bus with OSHA poster. (Dept. of Labor Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is promoting its  “Fall Prevention Campaign” for construction workers on the outside of buses in Texas.

OSHA says it is using posters printed in English and Spanish on the outside of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses aimed at providing employers and workers with materials about working safely from heights.

The 10 buses with OSHA posters on the outside also carry interior information cards.

The campaign highlights OSHA regulations on working from heights, encouraging employers to plan projects to ensure that the job is done safely.

"The DART bus campaign is intended to raise awareness among employers and workers about common fall hazards in the construction industry, such as falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs, and how prevention can save lives," said John Hermanson, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas.

OSHA has spent $4,469.50 on the four-week campaign that kicked off on August 28.

OSHA regulations dictate that employers must provide fall protection and specific equipment for the job, including the correct kinds of ladders, scaffolds and safety gear.

Recent OSHA data indicates that 33 percent of the fatalities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area were related to a construction fall. OSHA says the buses were chosen for the campaign because a large percentage of Dallas construction workers commute to their jobs via the buses.