On Thursday, May 11, YouthBuild Boston (YBB) hosted the OSHA National Safety Stand Down Day on 31 Woodville Street in Roxbury, a two family, energy efficient house being built by YBB students. OSHA, which stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a federal agency that seeks to assure safe working conditions for workers across the country. The annual event is an opportunity for employers and agencies to educate workers about safety and new safety technology.
A number of businesses, organizations, and notable figures from around the region were present, including:
● Gilbane Building Company
● Suffolk Construction
● Turner Construction
● Shawmut Construction
● Carpenters Local 67 Union
● HD Supply
● OSHA representatives from Braintree
● Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
● The OSHA New England Regional Director
● The Mayor of Everett
● Boston’s Chief of Housing and Director of Neighborhood Development
At the event, there were four presentations on safety: Suffolk Construction presented on fall prevention equipment; YouthBuild presented on pump-jack technology; OSHA presented on scaffolding; and Madison Park presented on ladders. YBB trainees not only learned about safety, but also had the opportunity to meet and learn about the construction industry from seasoned trades professionals. For instance, Logan Timpany, who is entering the Construction Management program at Wentworth Institute of Technology, had the opportunity to speak to a successful project manager from Suffolk Construction who had graduated from the exact same program five years ago. Other trainees had the opportunity to network with professionals, learn about the construction. Jordan Brown, who is about to graduate from YBB, said of the event: “OSHA Stand Down Day was great for learning about new opportunities and safety. I also learned about the available work out there, and how we young people just need to go out and get it.”
Stand Down Day was a great experience for all of the young people to learn about safety and meet with industry professionals who could educate them about potential careers.
We would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals who were present at the event for making the event a tremendous success.