According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 366 of the 971 construction fatalities in 2017 (the most recent data) were due to falls from elevation. These deaths were preventable.
OSHA, the National Safety Council and other partners are raising awareness of construction falls with their sixth annual “National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction,” May 6-10, 2019. More than 150 public events in all 50 states and internationally have taken place each year it’s been promoted.
During this week, employers are encouraged to take time out to talk to workers about fall hazards and fall prevention. It’s also a good time to hold safety equipment inspections and talk about any other on-the-job hazards.
Employers and employees alike can visit the National Safety Stand-Down resources page to access helpful materials:
- Posters and fact sheets
- Safety videos and ideas for toolbox talks
- Training guides and educational publications
- Hardhat stickers and hazard alert cards (can be ordered)
- Fall hazards quiz
- And more
For a list of stand-down events near you, visit the program’s events page.
Anyone can participate in the National Safety Stand-Down. If you hold an event, share your “stand-down” story on social media by using the hashtag #StandDown4Safety.
The above information does not constitute advice. Always contact your insurance broker or trusted adviser for insurance-related questions.