Falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry and lack of proper fall protection is still OSHA’s most frequently cited violation.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015.
To raise awareness of fall hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Construction Research and Training will hold the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down May 8-12.
The weeklong event encourages employers to pause during their workday for topic discussions, safety demonstrations, and trainings in hazard recognition and fall prevention.
In Washington, D.C., two prominent construction venues – at the mile-long waterfront development known as the Wharf, and the Capitol Riverfront area near Navy Yard – will participate with large-scale stand-downs in the week leading up to the official stand-down.