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WernerCo to Train 17,000 Construction Professionals for Annual National Safety Stand-Down Initiative

May 6, 2019

Fall Protection and Ladder Safety Trainings Planned During Month of May; Supports OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down Initiative

Greenville, PA, May 6, 2019 – Werner, the world leader in ladders and manufacturer of a complete line of climbing products and fall protection equipment, will conduct more than 200 training events in support of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) National Safety Stand-Down initiative scheduled from May 6-10, 2019. The safety events will be conducted nationwide and will provide more than 17,000 professionals with hands-on fall protection training led by both WernerCo and OSHA representatives.

Falls from elevations continue to be one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. In 2017, falls resulted in 381 total deaths in construction, accounting for 39.2% of all construction fatalities that year. As such, OSHA cites “Fall Protection, Construction” as number one on its list of Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards, with “Fall Protection- Training Requirements” listed at number nine.[1]  

“We’re proud to participate for the fourth year in a row to support OSHA’s safety initiative, helping to raise awareness and education for those professionals working at heights,” said Brian Kagen, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Product Development. “By leading hands-on fall protection trainings and discussions across the country, we hope to give professionals the tools they need to stay safe on the jobsite.”


National Safety Initiative: Two Hundred Training Events Planned

During the month of May, the WernerCo End-User-Specialist Team (EUS) will lead more than 200 Safety Stand-Down training events. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to take a break and focus on job site fall hazards, and reinforce the importance of fall prevention, in an effort to prevent fall fatalities and injuries in construction. These trainings will include ladder inspections, fall protection equipment inspections, harness adjustment trainings, fall protection tripod training sessions and more.

Once the trainings have been completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion from WernerCo that can be shared with their company’s safety director.


As part of WernerCo’s ongoing commitment to providing professionals with fall protection solutions, the company has recently launched the Safety Kage 139-SK-01. This new product expands the KNAACK® Safety Kage product line, combining the organization of the original model with added mobility and protection. The three-section rolling storage unit prioritizes organization to keep gear accessible and is easy to find on the jobsite. The exterior of the cabinet offers quick access to highly used safety gear like a fire extinguisher, first aid kit and eye wash station. Inside, it features shelves for items such as hard hats and vests, and hooks to hang fall protection harnesses. The Safety Kage’s neon green color stands out as a high-visibility identifier for workers to locate in the event of an emergency. The new model also features a four-point crane lift capability to enhance the mobility of the unit; it can now be efficiently hoisted across a jobsite from deck to deck.


For those who are not able to attend one of WernerCo’s training events, users can visit Werner’s training website to take a free online course, register for a free onsite training or review comprehensive literature and other safety resources.


WERNER, a WernerCo brand, is the world leader in ladders and has a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, stepstools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNERCO provides a full line of climbing equipment that’s engineered to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All WernerCo products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards. For more information, visit



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Marquita Kordes, WernerCo Co., 724-373-3282; [email protected]

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