Safety & Health

Director: David Mullen

202 -728-6040



National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Week Announced

OSHA & NIOSH are announcing the seventh year of the National Construction Fall Prevention Campaign and the fifth year of the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.  On behalf of OSHA, NIOSH and other campaign partners, we are encouraging employers to participate in the National Stand-Down during the week of May 7-11, 2018.  This fall prevention effort, in conjunction with the NAOSH Safety Week and Construction Safety Week, is an opportune time for employers, associations, and employees to set aside time to have open discussions about falls and how to prevent them.  

Despite efforts; falls to a lower level, once again, remain the leading cause of death in construction. 
In 2016, there were 370 fatalities related to falls out of 991 total fatalities in construction.  Those deaths were preventable.  Are we doing everything we can to make sure your workplace is mitigating or eliminating work-related fall hazards? 

Each year, large corporations and small companies have joined the campaign to make this effort a success.  If you work at height or are exposed to falls, you have a vested interest in standing down your operations to emphasize fall protection or other safety-related topics. 

OSHA and NIOSH, in conjunction with other partners such as CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training and the NORA (National Occupational Research Agenda) Construction Sector Council, have created resources that you can use.  The information contained on these websites is free to download, and we encourage you to use them to promote fall prevention as well as many other safety related topics.  

 As in previous years, participants can receive formal Stand-Down recognition by completing a short online survey, and then printing a certificate.  We encourage you to share your story and how the Stand-Down affected your workplace in the survey or at  Information about how to get your certificate can be found at:  

You can begin your participation in the 2018 Stand-Down, complete the survey, and print your certificate as early as May 4.  Certificates will be available to print until the end of June 2018.



The 2018 IBEW Spring Safety Caucus is scheduled for Wednesday May 23, 2018 and Thursday May 24, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center located at 5440 N River Road in Rosemont, IL. Safety issues and initiatives important to all IBEW members from all trade jurisdictions will be discussed and all locals are encouraged to send delegates.

Registration will be available through Local Connections starting Friday January 26, 2018. Registration fee is $50.00 per delegate.

Delegates can make room reservations using group code SF3 through Local Connections when registering or through this link:

If you prefer to call for reservations, phone 877-337-5793 and use group code NSC Spring Meeting.

The Caucus will begin at 1:00 pm on May 23rd and will end at 5:00 pm on May 24th.

Topics for the spring caucus include: Silica, Mental Health, Workplace Harassment, Health Hazards of RF Radiation, update on NFPA 70E and Infection Control Risk Assessment.

Please contact Director of Safety & Health at if you have any questions.

NEW IBEW Life Saving Award Announced

International President Lonnie Stephenson is pleased to announce a new IBEW Life Saving Award. 

For many years, our Brotherhood has been extremely proud of the many members who have performed the most noble of all services – the saving of a human life. Many of our members have prepared themselves for such an emergency by taking first-aid and safety training courses.

The IBEW recognizes those that perform this honorable act with the IBEW Life Saving Award. Traditionally two types of awards have been given. A third category is now being recognized. 

The IBEW Life Saving Award-Non – Member (New).  This award will be presented to recognize a non-IBEW member who, by direct personal involvement, saves the life of an IBEW member.

Although here is no formal application for an IBEW Life Saving Award, all nominations shall be submitted by the president or business manager of the candidate’s local union, or in the case of the Non-Member Award, the local union of the member whose life was saved. A letter complying with the following items is the only requirement for the submission for an award.

Please click on the Life Saving Award Process PDF icon in the upper right corner of this page for the nominating process and criteria for each of the three IBEW Life Saving Awards.

About the IBEW Safety Caucus:

The IBEW convenes an exclusive IBEW only safety caucus twice yearly. Both meetings are held in conjunction with the National Safety Council Labor Division’s regularly scheduled meetings - first in the spring, and again in the fall. The spring meeting program is set for one and a half days, and because of time constraints the fall meeting program is scheduled for one day. The safety caucus provides the 100-plus IBEW members that regularly attend the caucus necessary time to discuss issues that are critical in furthering occupational safety and health for IBEW members.

International President Stephenson continues to affirm the commitment from his office to the future of the caucus, and directs delegates to align their focus toward an advisory role to the international office on safety matters affecting IBEW members.

For more information about the meetings or the NSC, you may contact IBEW Safety Director David Mullen at 202-728-6040 or 

About the Safety & Health Department:

The Safety and Health Department is assigned responsibilities related to safety and health involving all trade jurisdictions of the IBEW. The department’s primary focus is occupational safety, although home, community, and personal safety and health issues frequently require departmental attention.

Local unions are required to report serious lost time accidents and fatalities using the web based accident reporting system.



Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness
Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness