National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction set for Sept. 14-18

September 14-18 marks the seventh annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

Posted September 4, 2020

September 14-18 marks the seventh annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the U.S. in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

The stand-down is a voluntary event for employers to talk to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall prevention.

OSHA is partnering with other safety organizations to encourage employers to provide safety demonstrations on fall protection equipment, conduct talks regarding fall-related hazards, safety policies, goals and expectations, and promote the event by using the #StandDown4Safety on social media. Resources are available on OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down webpage.

Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards can use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.

This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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