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National Safety Stand-Down: Prevent Falls in Construction

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. These deaths were preventable.To bring awareness to preventing fall hazards in construction, OSHA has declared June 2-6 National Fall Prevention Stand-Down. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards during fiscal year 2012. The safety stand-down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall prevention.

To conduct a safety stand-own, companies can stop work and provide a focused toolbox talk on a safety topic such as ladder safety, fall protection equipment or scaffolds safety, as well as provide information to workers about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations. See Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful “Stand-Down.”

If 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers hold a stand-down, it will have touched nearly one out of 10 construction workers in the United States.

OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 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 and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

Fall Prevention Resources

OSHA offers pre-printed training materials, including safety brochures, and OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign Resources:

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