Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 350 of the 937 construction fatalities in 2015 were caused by falls from elevation. All of these deaths are preventable.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), with support from the National Safety Council and dozens of other groups, asked employers to take a few minutes to discuss fall protection and safety when working from heights during the annual
Fall Safety Stand Down May 8-12, 2017.
What is the National Safety Stand-Down?
The program was originally a two-year effort, launched on
Workers Memorial Day in 2012, to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. But it was so successful it continues annually at the start of every construction season.
Tens of thousands of employers nationwide and more than a million workers are expected to participate in this year's Fall Safety Stand-Down.
All Industries Can Conduct a Stand-Down
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Following highway crashes, falls are the second leading cause of workplace death. While construction workers are most at risk, falls can happen in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and virtually any other industry that may involve working from height. NSC, OSHA and its partners encourage workers in all industries to take time out to conduct a Fall Safety Stand-Down.
If you think your company is too small to conduct a Stand-Down, think again. Roughly half of events nationwide are held by companies with 25 or fewer employees.
It's Easy to Conduct a Stand-Down
A Fall Safety Stand-Down can be as simple or involved as you'd like.
It can look like this one, held in 2015 at the U.S. Capitol dome restoration project, or it can incorporate fall safety events throughout the week. Managers are encouraged to plan a Stand-Down that works best for their workplace. Suggestions include:
- Conducting a toolbox talk focused on ladder, scaffold or roof safety
- Conducting a safety inspection along with employees
- Developing a rescue plan
- Holding a training session
Showing a safety video
Lots of Resources are Available
handouts, posters, quizzes, fact sheets, stickers, t-shirts and more, as well as these
suggestions on how to prepare for a successful Stand-Down. OSHA also posted a list of Stand-Down events being held across the country.