Take Time to Talk About Fall Prevention During Nation Safety Stand-Down Week
The leading cause of death for construction employees continues to be falls from elevation. In 2015 fall from elevation accounted for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities. These deaths are preventable if you take the proper safety precautions before working at heights. To help jump start the prevention of these deaths, employers and employees need to get together to take a Safety Stand-Down and talk about Fall Prevention on the jobsite.
What is National Safety Stand-Down Week?
During National Safety Stand-Down Week employers voluntarily take time to talk to their employees about safety on the jobsite. Any workplace can hold a Safety Stand-Down to focus on Fall Hazards and the importance of Fall Prevention. Topics covered in a Safety Stand-Down usually include:
- Potential hazards on the jobsite
- Fall protection equipment
- Safety equipment inspections
- Proper protective practices
- Company’s safety policies and goals
- Developing rescue plans
It also gives employees the opportunity to voice any concerns about possible fall hazards and other safety concerns they see.
Who Can Participate in Safety Stand-Down Week?
Safety Stand-Down Week is open for any workplace that wants to participate. Over the years, participants included commercial construction companies, sub and independent contractors, general industry employers, residential construction contractors, highway construction companies, U.S. military, safety equipment manufactures, unions and many more…
It Takes a Group Effort to Make a Change
OSHA has taken the steps to connect and partner with a number of key groups to help make Safety Stand-Down Week a success. These groups include: 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.
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