According to the United States Department of Labor, Occupation Safety and Health Administration falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2015, 364 out of 937 total deaths in construction in CY 2015 (38.8%) were due to falls.
Theses statistics are stagger and at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development, we want to ensure a trained and educated workforce. Thanks to our partnership with the Latino Workers Safety Center we are able to provide this course once a month. Our long time instructor Francisco Valdes teaches a 4-hour session that packs in crucial safety procedure for multiple industries.
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, Francisco educated 12 workers on how to protect themselves from falls on the job. Students left informed and with resources on what to do if they needed to report an incident.