Safety & Health

Director: David Mullen

202 728-6040

                                    REPORT OF OCCUPATIONAL INJURY, ILLNESS OR FATALITY - FORM 173

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.

2017 National Safety Stand-Down Announced                                        

The National Safety Stand-Down is scheduled for May 8-12, 2017 and is focused on reducing injuries associated with falls. This event is associated with OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR's Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. The goal is to raise awareness and prevent fall fatalities and injuries. It is an opportunity for employers to pause work and have a conversation with workers about fall hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies, goals and expectations. Workers should take this opportunity to talk with management about fall hazards they are exposed to and see.

Falls are a leading cause of death for workers, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities and 648 of the 4,836 fatalities in all industries recorded in 2015 (BLS data). But they are also preventable! Hazard elimination,proper training, and use of fall protection can change these numbers.

Over the last few years, thousands of companies participated in the Stand‐Down reaching millions of workers across all 50 states and internationally! Over 130 public events were held across the country last year. You can organize your own stand‐down on your jobsite(s), join with others in your area to hold an event, or check out a list of regional events open to the public at

The Campaign website provides ideas for participation on your jobsite through a 5‐Day Plan, Success Story examples of past events, and a variety of resources such as toolbox talks, inspection check lists, videos, and free hardhat stickers that can be ordered at‐ordering‐form/ while supplies last.

After you’ve participated, don’t forget to get an OSHA certificate at!

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