OSHA preaches deadly fall prevention with 8th National Safety Stand-Down

By Riley SimpsonMay 03, 2021

Nearly 40% of construction fatalities were caused by falls from elevation, and OSHA’s 8th annual National Safety Stand-Down aims to raise awareness and promote training to address these preventable accidents

From May 3-7, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is recognizing the eighth annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week by encouraging construction employers and others within the industry to promote awareness and training for one of construction’s most serious (and preventable) dangers.

According to OSHA, nearly 40% of all construction fatalities (401 of 1,061) were caused by falls from elevation in 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Workers suffer serious and fatal injuries from falls and have a devastating impact on families and businesses,” said James Frederick, OSHA principal deputy assistant secretary of labor. “This important collaboration with the construction industry encourages employers to learn how to better control fall-related hazards and improve their safety and health programs.”

As part of the Stand-Down week, any construction employer can take a break to focus on “fall hazards” and reinforce “fall prevention,” and workplaces not exposed to these hazards can use the opportunity to converse with workers about other dangers they might face, protective methods and the company’s safety policies and goals.

OSHA is also encouraging employees to talk to management about fall and other hazards they see.

Since 2014, OSHA helped train nearly 10 million workers on fall prevention in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Occupational Research Agenda and the Center for Construction Research and Training for the national Stand-Down.

OSHA is offering information on preparing a successful Stand-Down session, as well as highlights from past years’ Stand-Downs.

To participate on social media, use #StandDown4Safety.

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