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Get ready to stand down May 6-10

OSHA announces National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Posted December 7, 2018

OSHA invites employers and workers to participate in its National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, May 6-10, 2019. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the workday to discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 fatalities in 2016.

The Safety Stand-Down is a time when construction employers across the country can stop to emphasize safety and training. OSHA says any workplace can take a break to focus on fall hazards and reinforce the importance of fall prevention. Even employers with workers who are not exposed to fall hazards can use this opportunity to talk with employees about other job hazards they face. It’s also a good time to discuss protective methods and the companies’ safety policies and goals.

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 Professionals (ASSP), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers to sponsor the national event.

OSHA says in past years participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. military, other government participants, unions, employer's trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.

Employers can download a Certificate of Participation from OSHA’s website following the National Safety Stand-Down.

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