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Torcon Hosts 2017 Safety Stand-Down

Torcon participated in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down week on several of its project sites in May 2017. The event encouraged workers on Torcon’s project sites, including nearly 100 workers at Villanova’s Lancaster Avenue Development project, and a similar size group at NJIT in Newark, to take a break from their work activities to attend an educational luncheon focused on construction safety.
NJIT Safety Stand-Down

Torcon’s Corporate Safety Director Michael Hennebery chaired each of the events and shared his insights on construction hazards and preventative methods, with a special focus on fall hazards and fall prevention. Michael Rivera, Deputy Regional Administrator for OSHA, joined Mike at the Villanova event and spoke to the workers about the importance of fall prevention.

NJIT joined Torcon in hosting the safety appreciation and awareness lunch at the site of the new on campus Wellness and Events Center. The event included presentations by members of both Torcon’s and NJIT’s project management teams. Several equipment vendors, including Bosch, Hilti, and DeWalt, participated in the event, sharing information and providing hands-on demonstrations of tools that facilitate compliance with OSHA’s upcoming standard for airborne silica.
Villanova University Safety Stand-Down

Perhaps the most impactful presentation at Torcon’s Safety Stand-Downs was made by Andrew DeLair of MSA – The Safety Company. His interactive demonstration of the proper use of fall protection equipment drove home the point of why such equipment is important, and how it should be properly used. 

Torcon produced a video of the Stand-Down event at Villanova, which was unveiled the following day at the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Region III Conference.

We welcome you to take a look!

Torcon would like to thank OSHA, Villanova University, Monmouth University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University and Bristol-Myers Squibb for participating in this year’s Safety Stand-Down.  We are particularly grateful for MSA’s support, and for the engaging presentations made by Andrew DeLaire.
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