OSHA: Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down (May 8-12, 2017) raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fatalities and injuries.
OSHA reminds us that, “Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). These deaths were preventable.”
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention.”
It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also allow workers to talk to management about the fall hazards that they see.
According to OSHA, managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime during May 8- 12, 2017. Learn more at osha.gov.