OSHA will launch its annual National Safety Stand-Down week May 2-6. The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 construction fatalities recorded in 2014 (BLS preliminary data). Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014.
According to an OSHA news release, more than 2.5 million workers were reached last year. This year, OSHA’s goal is to reach 5 million workers. If this goal is met, “we will have touched more than half of the construction workers in the country.”
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.