National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

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Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS data). According to OSHA, those deaths were preventable.

The National Safety Stand-Down, May 7-11, raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. 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 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;
  • The National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE);
  • The U.S. Air Force; and
  • The OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

If you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, see OSHA’s Events page to submit the event details and to contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator.