Falls from elevation consistently reign as one of the top causes of fatalities in the construction industry. Yet, by educating employees on fall risks and implementing adequate job site precautions, employers help protect staff from fall-related incidents and limit the potential for injuries or fatalities. With this in mind, it’s crucial for construction employers to participate in the upcoming National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

According to the BLS, falls from elevation contributed to nearly 38% of workplace fatalities in the construction sector this past year.

This annual, week-long campaign—which is put together by OSHA and takes place May 2-6 this year—encourages construction employers across the country to take the time to discuss fall hazards and reinforce the importance of practicing preventive measures with their workforces. Here are some FAQs regarding the campaign:

What is a safety stand-down?

A safety stand-down is a voluntary event that allows employers to talk directly to their employees about safety. Specifically, the National Safety Stand-down is intended to foster workplace discussions regarding fall prevention. Organizations of all sizes can conduct a safety stand-down by:

  • Hosting a toolbox talk on job-specific fall hazards
  • Sharing a presentation on inspection and maintenance protocols for fall protection equipment
  • Scheduling several training sessions during the week to discuss organizational policies and programs for fall prevention

In addition to conducting their own activities, employers can also join larger stand-down events in their respective communities.

Do employers need to sign up for the National Safety Stand-down?

No. This campaign is free and does not require registration. To participate, employers simply need to engage in a stand-down activity or attend a larger event with their employees. From there, employers can go to OSHA’s National Safety Stand-down website to share feedback on their stand-down experiences as well as download a certificate of participation for their involvement.

Why should employers participate in this campaign if they have already done so in past years?

Annual participation is vital for employers to demonstrate their continued commitment to fall prevention. After all, employees and other employers alike appreciate organizations that remain dedicated to upholding a positive, safe working culture.

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