The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has announced plans to host a nationwide Safety Stand Down for COVID-19 on April 29. Electrical contractors across the country will invite employees, subcontractors, owners, architects and engineers to join the event to review company protocols and jobsite conditions, and ask questions, bringing focus to health and safety guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
“I’m proud to say that our contractors put safety first every day,” says NECA CEO David Long. “A safety stand down is an inventive way of bringing the jobsite together to renew that focus, particularly in trying times like these.”
Participants of the stand down are invited to talk about their own experiences and ask questions about such things as proper use of personal protective equipment and how to effectively follow social distancing recommendations. Companies will review safety programs and policies to ensure all workers are protected.
“Electrical contractors continue to work each day on essential construction and infrastructure projects,” states Long. “Without our skilled and dedicated work force, our industry could not survive, let alone thrive.”