Construction is well underway at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Work on the 155,000 square-foot patient tower is on schedule for completion in September 2016 and the 100,000 square-foot Medical Plaza 2 building is scheduled to be finished up by November 2015.

On Monday crews put down their hammers, shut down the cranes and stopped pouring concrete to take part in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) National Safety Stand-Down. The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.

“Safety is a top priority of ours every day,” says Todd Harvey, director of Engineering Services at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “It’s important to set aside the time to help reinforce the safety practices we already have in place on site.”

Last year’s National Safety Stand-Down reached more than one million workers. This year, OSHA’s goal is for more than 20,000 Stand-Downs involving more than three million workers to take place from May 4-15. If that goal is met almost 40 percent of construction workers in the country will have taken part in a Safety Stand-Down.

At Memorial Hermann Sugar Land crews listened to a presentation on fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention. The topic is timely considering during fiscal year 2014, fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards nationwide.

Right now Memorial Hermann Health System is Breaking New Ground on five major construction and renovation projects. For the latest news and announcements related to the projects in Cypress, Katy, Pearland, Sugar Land and the Texas Medical Center visit the Breaking New Ground website at www.breakingnewgroundproject.org.

About Memorial Hermann

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 13 hospitals include four hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: an acute care hospital which houses the Texas Trauma Institute and a Level I trauma center of which Life Flight® air ambulance is a part, a hospital for children, a rehabilitation hospital and an orthopedic and spine hospital; eight suburban hospitals; and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute locations, joint replacement centers, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through its wholly owned Memorial Hermann Health Insurance Company.