Stand-Down to Prevent Workplace Falls and Save Lives
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will host the seventh annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, Sept. 14-18, 2020. The weeklong event promotes awareness of and training on fall prevention in construction, an industry where falls are particularly common. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury for construction workers. OSHA is encouraging employers to promote fall safety virtually or while employing social distancing practices among small groups.
Stand-down events provide employers and workers the opportunity to talk about hazards and provide training on protective methods. OSHA encourages employers to spend time during this week discussing these hazards and reviewing the company’s safety and health programs, goals and expectations. Since OSHA began organizing fall prevention stand-down events six years ago, nearly 10 million workers have heard our message that falls are preventable.
OSHA’s stand-down webpage offers information on conducting a successful event and a variety of training and educational resources. Participants also can provide feedback after their events and download a personalized certificate of participation.
The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is a joint effort between OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Center for Construction Research and Training.
To learn how you can participate, visit www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown.
Loren Sweatt is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Follow OSHA on Twitter at @OSHA_DOL.