Falls: General Protection and Awareness

Falls are the leading cause of injuries at work sites. Falls can occur from ladders, scaffolding, vehicles, heavy equipment, aerial lifts, openings, platforms and roofs. Fall Protection Guardrails are required on work surfaces when workers are exposed to falls over six feet. Guardrail must be 42 inches high. A mid-rail is required. The fall protection … Read more »

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance 3rd Annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot Breaks Records, Honors Military Heroes

Nashville, TN – The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) 3rd Annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot held on May 2 at Red Wing Sporting Clays in Port Republic, NJ, shattered the previous year’s gross earnings by $10,000, raising $75,000 to support the USA’s conservation mission. It also broke its previous participation record with 125 shooters … Read more »

Preventing Falls From Rooftops

In construction, falls from higher levels result in more deaths and injuries than any other cause. Many of these accidents are falls from rooftops. Always remember to use the following precautions when working on rooftops: Fall protection is REQUIRED for anyone working on roofs or other work areas where the distance to the ground or … Read more »

Operating Aerial Lifts

  Aerial lifts are vehicle-mounted devices that allow workers to perform work above the ground. Construction workers involved in aerial lift accidents could face falls, broken bones and death. Approximately 26 construction workers die each year from using aerial lifts. More than half of the deaths involve boom-supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry … Read more »

Choosing and Inspecting Ladders

Choose your ladder based on: Type- There are two types of ladders: fixed and portable. Fixed ladders are in place on buildings; portable ladders are movable. If you require a portable ladder, assess whether you need a self-supporting ladder, like an “A” frame, or a straight or extension ladder. Length- To determine the maximum working … Read more »

Myths and Facts about Falls in Residential Construction

Myth: Residential contractors don’t get injured as badly as commercial construction workers. Fact: Half of all construction workers who have fallen to their death in Massachusetts worked in residential construction. Myth: You have to fall a long distance to kill yourself. FACT: If you hit your head hard enough, you can die from any height. … Read more »

Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down 2015

The 2015 Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down is a national campaign to raise awareness of fall protection and prevention on construction sites. Each year, more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls. It is the goal of the Safety Stand Down to prevent deaths and injuries caused by … Read more »

IUPAT Leader Participates in White House Upskill Summit

On Friday, April 24, 2015, Terry Nelson, business manager of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 82 of Little Canada, Minnesota, joined 150 employers, labor leaders, foundations, non-profits, educators and tech innovators from across the country at this White House summit that is answering President Obama’s recent call to action to … Read more »

C.O.R.E. Committee Meeting at International Training Center

On April 23, 2015 the Community Organizing for Real Economics (CORE) committee met at the international training facility in Hanover, MD to discuss short and long term goals for the next five years. CORE was launched by the IUPAT in October 2013 when representatives from numerous district councils met to discuss the best practices of … Read more »

Conway-Overly for Kentucky Receives Endorsement of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 21, 2015) – Attorney General Jack Conway and Rep. Sannie Overly today announced the endorsement of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) for the Conway-Overly for Kentucky ticket in the 2015 Kentucky governor’s race. “Sannie and I are proud to have the support of the International Union of Painters … Read more »