OSHA announces 2nd annual Stand-Down for Fall Safety event
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the dates for the second-annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. OSHA is hoping that the 2-week observance, from May 4, to May 15, 2015, will help to triple the participation seen in 2014.
Falls in the construction industry are the leading cause of death and disabling injuries, and not having the proper fall protection available is the most cited violation. In recognition of fall hazards, over one million workers and employers participated in Stand-Down for Fall Safety 2014, recorded as the largest occupational safety event ever held.
"Fatal falls and injuries impact workers in all kinds of jobs across the country; it's a broad problem that takes a terrible toll on workers and their families," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Given the tremendous response we've received, it's clear that this is an important issue to a great number of people across this nation. I know it is, to me and all my colleagues here at the department, which is why we are so pleased to work towards preventing these tragedies through innovative and collaborative efforts like the Stand-Down."
OSHA and its many partners in this event are asking all employers and workers that risk fall hazards at work to join the 2015 Stand-Down. Participation could include training on recognizing hazards, what safety equipment to use, and how to use it properly. To help with conducting a Stand-Down, receiving a participation certificate, and accessing educational and training materials, OSHA has created a National Safety Stand-Down 2015 Website.