OSHA to Lead National Stand-Down for Fall Prevention in Construction

Published March 26, 2014

OSHA has announced a national safety stand-down this summer, June 2–6, 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.

For more information, visit OSHA’s official website for the safety stand-down.