Save the date: 2018 National Safety Stand-Down to be held May 7-11
Posted October 23, 2017
OSHA announced the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction will be held May 7-11, 2018. The event, sponsored each year by OSHA and various industry and other outreach partners, provides an opportunity for employers and workers to focus on fall hazards and fall prevention in construction.
OSHA describes a Safety Stand-Down as a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about a safety topic. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by “taking a break” to focus on fall hazards and fall prevention strategies. It’s a time to go over site-specific hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It’s also a chance for employees to tell management about the fall hazards they observe.
Figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reflect the dangerous reality of falls in construction. In 2015, 350 construction workers died by falling from a height.
The first Safety Stand-Down, held in 2012, was only intended to be a two-year outreach effort; but the events have been so successful that the Agency has continued to sponsor them every year. OSHA says that in past events, more than one million workers have participated in learning activities.
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