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ESI, OSHA team up for construction-safety training

Brandon Schmidt, left, of ShurSales, demonstrates a self-rescue safety harness during a simulated fall at a training workshop Thursday on the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise.
Brandon Schmidt, left, of ShurSales, demonstrates a self-rescue safety harness during a simulated fall at a training workshop Thursday on the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

One of the Treasure Valley’s largest construction companies, Meridian-based ESI Construction, paused its workday on Thursday to offer a safety training session for more than 400 employees and subcontractors.

The training focused on preventing workplace falls, which accounted for nearly 40 percent of the 874 construction workplace deaths nationwide reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2014.

Held Downtown at the Grove Plaza, the training included demonstrations of safe and unsafe construction techniques and instruction from OSHA personnel about safety-rule compliance.

“Safety is a very serious matter at ESI,” ESI President Neil Nelson said. “We are very intentional in our training and accountability programs.”

The training was part of OSHA’s nationwide National Safety Stand-Down program, which aims to train five million workers on fall prevention this week.

The event occurred as OSHA continued to investigate Tuesday’s deaths in Boise of two workers when a trench caved in.

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