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Dec. 6, 2006

Construction safety calendar available from L&I

TUMWATER — Picture this: a skill saw ripping through a board just inches away from the operator’s knee; a nail gun pointed at a two-by-four that is being braced on the other side by the operator’s torso; rickety scaffolding that appears ready to collapse at any moment.

These and several dozen other pictures are part of a new 2007 Job Site Safety Calendar produced and offered by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) as a training tool for construction employers. The calendar uses real jobsite photos illustrating unbelievable, but true, examples of hazards, dangerous conditions and bad judgment found by L&I safety and health inspectors on construction sites in Washington.

The 52-week calendar, suggested by a foreman during a safety visit, can be used by employers as a daily safety reminder, a discussion aid during safety meetings and an awareness tool for new employees. Included with the photos are safety messages such as these:

  • 2007 Safety Calendar“Take 30 seconds and level the ladder. Or spend nearly 100 days recovering from an injury.”
  • “Your brain will protect you if you listen to it. Wear your hard hat.”
  • “Real sawhorses don’t bleed. Your leg will.”
  • “You can get the right ladder faster than you can recover from a back or brain injury.”

Employers may request up to four calendars at no charge. Send requests by e-mail to Share@LNI.wa.gov or call 360-902-6307.

Additional calendars may be ordered directly from the Department of Printing online store at https://fortress.wa.gov/prt/printwa/wsprt/ or by phone at 360-586-6360. Cost is $5.07 for one calendar and as low as $3.64 each for 100 calendars.

“We know that employers don’t want their employees to get hurt,” said Steve Cant, assistant director for L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. “This calendar is a great visual reminder to everyone who works in construction.”

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For media information: Elaine Fischer, L&I, 360-902-5413 or nele235@LNI.wa.gov, or visit the L&I News and Media Center at www.lni.wa.gov/News.

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