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Werner to Train 25,000 Construction Professionals During Month of May

Apr 30, 2018 --    

Fall Protection & Ladder Safety Trainings Planned During Annual Safety Event;
Six Free Trainings To Be Given Away in 2018

Greenville, PA, April 30, 2018 – Werner, the world leader in ladders and manufacturer of a complete line of climbing products and fall protection equipment, will lead more than 200 training events in support of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) safety initiative. The safety events are organized from May 7-11, 2018 and will be conducted nationwide, including high-visibility events where both Werner and OSHA representatives will be participating.

According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2016, the leading cause of work deaths in the construction industry was due to falls from elevation. Out of the 991 total deaths in construction, 384 accounted for falls. [1]

“This is Werner’s third year in supporting OSHA to raise awareness regarding the risks associated with working at heights,” said Chris Filardi, VP of Marketing for WernerCo. These hands-on trainings will provide thousands of construction professionals with real-life workplace scenarios and continue the discussion of safety at the jobsite.”


National Safety Events: OSHA Certification and Free Werner Trainings

During the month of May, the Werner End User -Specialists (EUS team) will lead more than 200 Safety Stand-Down training events across the country. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk about safety and raise awareness in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries in construction. These hands-on trainings included ladder inspections, fall protection equipment inspections, harness adjustment trainings, fall protection tripod training sessions and more.

Once the trainings have been completed, professionals are able to download their OSHA Safety Stand Down Certificate of Participation, which can be shared with their safety director.
Each person that submits their information for a certificate, will automatically be entered to win a free ladder safety or fall protection training. Werner will be giving away a total of 6 trainings in 2018, one every month starting in June. Participants will also have the opportunity to register to win a new Werner ProForm™ high performance harness, the only immediate post-fall relief harness.

As in previous years, for those who are not able to attend one of Werner’s training events, users can visit www.wernerstanddown.com to take a free online course, register for a free onsite training or review comprehensive literature and other safety resources.


As part of the Safety Stand-Down initiative, Werner and OSHA are asking everyone to help spread the safety message. As part of the dedicated efforts, Werner will sponsor all morning drive times for ESPN radio shows, specifically Golic and Wingo, from May 3-4 and May 7-11. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #StandDown4Safety or visit https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown to learn more.


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, step stools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNER provides a full line of climbing equipment that's engineered to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All WERNER products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards. For more information, visit https://www.wernerco.com/us/.



WernerCo is a privately owned, fully-integrated, international manufacturer and distributor of access products, fall protection equipment, secure storage systems and light duty construction equipment. Its portfolio of industry leading brands include WERNER®, KNAACK®, WEATHER GUARD®, Zarges®, Youngman®, BoSS®, Centaure®, Duarib®, Haemmerlin®  and Bailey®. WernerCo has manufacturing, warehousing, sales, distribution and office facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. WernerCo’s international headquarters are in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and its US headquarters are in Greenville, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.wernerworldwide.com. 





Marquita Kordes, Werner Co., 724-373-3282; kordemr@wernerco.com 

Angie Maddox, Seed Factory, 404-996-4041; angie@seedatl.com



Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height reach Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder. A person’s fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.

Performance system
Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications, or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.