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National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction takes place May 6-10

Event raises awareness of fall hazards and helps prevent fall injuries and fatalities

Posted May 3, 2024

Falls from height continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers, with more than 350 fatalities and 20,000 serious injuries occurring each year. OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction campaign, scheduled for May 6-10, raises awareness of fall hazards to help prevent fall injuries and fatalities.

A safety stand-down is a voluntary event that encourages employers to talk to employees about safety and participate in safety-related activities such as:

  • Toolbox talks
  • Equipment inspections
  • Rescue planning exercises
  • Discussions about job-specific hazards

Employer and employee resources to aid in conducting a safety stand-down, including articles, publications, and infographics about construction risks and fall protection can be found at osha.gov.

This article was written by Carmen King of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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