OSHA: Safety pays, falls cost
Posted April 4, 2016
Whether you fall 20 stories or 20 feet, a workplace fall can change your life in seconds. It can be debilitating, causing you to lose your livelihood — or even your life. Even the most experienced of workers can fall without the proper safety measures in place.
In 2014 alone, 337 workers died from falls on construction sites, OSHA reports. Falls also remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry and lack of proper fall protection remains the most frequently cited violation by OSHA.
Last year marked the second annual National Safety Stand-Down for fall prevention in construction, a combined effort from OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). During the stand-down, employers and workers paused their workday to focus on preventing falls through talks, demonstrations, and trainings.
OSHA says nearly 1 million workers received certificates during the first stand-down and 2.5 million last year. Additionally, Stand-Downs were reported in all 50 states and internationally.
This year, OSHA’s goal is to have over 5 million workers participate from May 2 to 6, 2016. As construction season begins, OSHA hopes the Stand-Down will remind employers and workers that fall prevention is an important part of every workplace safety plan.
OSHA encourages employers and workers to pause in their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction, and dedicate themselves yet again to the safety of this nation’s most valuable resource: workers.
To learn how to partner with OSHA during the Stand-Down, get information on how to conduct a successful event, resources for employees and workers, receive a certificate of participation, and the latest news, visit the OSHA website.
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