Thousands of worksites will join OSHA and its partners for the annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction May 7-11, 2018, with events across the country. Employers and workers will pause during the workday to talk about fall hazards, OSHA compliance, and industry best practices to prevent falls in all workplaces. The lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited OSHA violation.
Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will attend a national kick-off event May 7 in Washington, D.C., at the newly constructed DC United soccer stadium, where experts will demonstrate proper fall arrest systems.
Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”.
Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards can also 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.
OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including:
- 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;
- The National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE);
- The U.S. Air Force; and
- The OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.