ATLANTA (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor, along with trade associations and employers throughout the southeast, will hold a one-hour safety stand-down at construction sites and workplaces Tuesday.
The stand-down, organized by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is part of the department's national outreach campaign aimed at raising awareness of workplace fall hazards.
Department of Labor officials say of 774 construction fatalities in 2010, 264 were linked to falls. Officials say employers must protect workers from fall hazards by providing safety equipment and training.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration regional administrator Teresa Harrison said in a release that the briefing is focused "on how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented and lives can be saved."