Employers: Join the 2017 National Safety Stand-Down, May 8-12

Focus is on fall prevention in construction

Posted February 24, 2017

OSHA’s 2017 National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction will take place May 8-12, 2017. A safety stand-down is a voluntary training event for employers to focus on a particular safety topic. This year, the national stand-down highlights fall hazards and fall prevention. OSHA says this is an opportunity for employers to have a discussion with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. Employees, in turn, can talk to management about any fall hazards they see.

Any employer who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the stand-down. Workplaces of all sizes and descriptions have participated in the past. To conduct a stand-down, OSHA suggests that during the week of May 8-12, companies take a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job-specific hazards.

For the 2017 safety stand-down, OSHA is partnering with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved state plans, state consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

Figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in 2015, 350 construction workers died from falls from elevation. OSHA points out that these deaths were preventable.

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