Updated June 2, 2014
This week, June 2–6, OSHA is leading a national safety stand-down to raise awareness about fall hazards in the construction industry. The safety stand-down is a voluntary event during which the agency hopes employers and workers will pause the work day to discuss fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention. The official website for the stand-down collects resources to help workplaces participate in the event, including free training materials, prevention videos, and additional educational resources such as fact sheets and posters.
“Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in this industry,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels, PhD. “We are getting the message out to America's employers that safety pays and falls cost.”
OSHA encourages trade associations; employers; federal, state and local governmental agencies; sub- and independent contractors; and others to participate. Following the stand-down, participants will be able to download a personalized certificate of participation from OSHA’s website and provide feedback on their experience.
View OSHA’s interactive map to see stand-down events that are occurring in your region.
Learn how to partner with OSHA during the safety stand-down on the agency’s official website.
In 2012, OSHA partnered with NIOSH to create the Fall Prevention Campaign to raise awareness on fall safety and provide training materials for employers. The campaign emphasizes that planning ahead, providing the right equipment, and training all employees in proper use of equipment can save lives.