Fatalities from falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 291 of the 828 fatalities recorded in 2013. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards during the fiscal year 2014.
In an effort to raise awareness of this preventable construction site hazard, OSHA is holding the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down through May 15. The goal is to reach more than 3 million workers through a series of voluntary workplace Safety Stand-Downs, during which employers talk to their workers about fall hazards and prevention.
Anyone who wants to prevent workplace falls may participate. Last year's participants included commercial construction companies large and small, residential construction contractors, subcontractors and independent contractors, highway construction companies, and even the U.S. military, reaching more than one million workers nationwide.
Managers are encouraged to plan a Stand-Down for their workplace any time before May 15. This can include any type safety activity, including holding a Toolbox Talk, conducting equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job-specific hazards. Employers can provide feedback and download a Certificate of Participation signed by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez following the Stand-Down.
The annual event is being conducted in partnership 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 Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council (NSC), the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force and the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.
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