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NAHB Announces Two New Job Site Safety Resources

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently announced the release of its two latest safety products, the Fall Protection Video and the NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish. The two products provide easy-to-follow instructions on how to prevent construction-related falls.

According to NAHB Labor, Safety & Health, more than one third of all fatal accidents in the construction industry are a result of falls. In an effort to increase job site safety and reduce the chance of job related accidents, NAHB produced these two products, which are now available through BuilderBooks, NAHB's publishing arm.

"The fall protection video and handbook provide our industry with critically important information for maintaining a safe work site environment," said NAHB President Brian Catalde, a home builder from El Segundo, Calif. "The two products compliment each other nicely and serve as easy-to-use resources for both English-and Spanish-speaking employees."

The 30-minute Fall Protection Video can be used by builders to train workers to use safe work practices that eliminate fall hazards and comply with OSHA fall-protection standards in either English or Spanish. The NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish provides guidelines for creating a written fall-protection plan and identifying safe work practices that can prevent costly accidents and injuries. Written with clear text, photographs and illustrations, the book serves as a user-friendly resource for promoting safety on any job site.

The Fall Protection Video and the NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish are essential tools for learning how to:

  • Select and use the right ladder

  • Protect from injuries surrounding stairways, leading edges, window and wall openings and floor holes

  • Use a personal fall arrest system (PFAS)

  • Safely build and erect exterior and balloon-framed walls

  • Securely construct rafters and install roof trusses and sheathing

  • Provide fall protection for application of roofing materials

  • Guard against implement hazards

  • Provide protection from falling objects

  • Use safe job site practices to protect workers operating at heights

  • Train workers to identify fall protection hazards

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