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Safety Stand Down Begins Monday

Friday, May 4, 2018

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Starting Monday (May 7), professionals in the construction industry will be participating in National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which serves to educate workers about the importance of fall protection on job sites.

What is It?

Concluding May 11, the voluntary event, now in its fifth year, gives employers the chance to talk directly with employees about safety as fall are the leading cause of death among construction workers and are also the leading cause of Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations.

OSHA is partnering with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Occupational Research Agenda, the Center for Construction Research and Training, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives and the U.S. Air Force, as well as OSHA training and education centers and OSHA-approved state programs across the country.

Together, the organizations have put together an array of materials to help employers take time during the week to talk to their employees about safety.

These materials include videos, webinars, packets of information, posters, and maps, as well as OSHA-affiliated events.

Other Industry Participants

OSHA notes that the Stand-Down is not limited to those in construction, as fall hazards impact many trades.

"The Stand-Down is not limited only to construction industry trades," Dean McKenzie, director of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, and Christine M. Branche, Ph.D., FACE, principal associate director of NIOSH and director of its Office of Construction Safety and Health, said in a statement to Occupational Health & Safety.

"In fact, due to valuable information gathered from your participation in previous National Stand-Downs, we have found that many stakeholders within the construction industry as well as general industry and governmental entities join us in this event each year.

“Each year, large corporations and small companies have joined us to make this effort a success. If your employees work at height or are exposed to falls, you have a vested interest in standing down your operations to emphasize fall protection or other safety-related topics.”

   

Tagged categories: Fall protection; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; OSHA; Safety

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