Every year at the beginning of May, OSHA leads a campaign focused on preventing falls in construction. This national campaign is geared to raise awareness of fall hazards, fatalities and injuries that happen that could have been prevented.
Why? According to OSHA, fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017 (BLS data). All of these were preventable.
What is a Safety Stand Down?
This is a voluntary event for employers, giving them the opportunity to talk directly to their employees about workplace safety.
It is an opportunity to focus on fall hazards within their specific workplace. It is an opportunity to reinforce the importance of fall protection.
It doesn’t have to be just those who work in construction either. It’s an opportunity for all employers and employees to understand the job hazards specific to their environment and the hierarchy of controls to help prevent injuries. It is an opportunity to identify potential fall hazards that need to be addressed as well as a company’s safety policies and procedures.
• Plan a toolbox talk.
• Plan a safety activity.
• Provide training for all workers.
These events have proven to be very successful.
5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls
Watch this video from OSHA on 5 ways to prevent workplace falls. Help prevent falls in the workplace.