The fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held from May 8 to 12. The events aims to provide an opportunity for public and private sector, small and large business employers to stop work and dedicate time to openly discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them with their workers.
Falls on construction sites are the leading cause of death in the industry. It accounts for 37 percent of total fatalities.
“It is through this combined effort and commitment among many partners, employers and workers that the National Safety Stand-Down has been successful in its reach, and we look forward to the continued investment demonstrated in support of fall prevention,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Having a vested interest in standing down operations and taking a moment to emphasize worker safety combats a preventable public health problem and promotes a positive work culture.”
The event is an opportunity for employers to talk to their workers about fall hazards. To guide the efforts, OSHA has developed the official National Safety Stand-Down website.
“In an industry like construction where workers change companies and jobsites regularly, it is important to reinforce lessons in fall prevention year after year,” said CPWR Executive Director Chris Trahan Cain.
“With that in mind, we would encourage companies who participated in the past stand-downs to join us once again, and companies who are new to the event to make this year the first of many.”