The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal safety agencies have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The event is a nationwide effort to remind and educate construction industry employers and workers of the serious dangers of falls – the cause of the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.
OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) are leading the effort to encourage employers to pause during their workday for topic discussions, demonstrations and training on how to recognize hazards and prevent falls.
More than four million workers participated in the National Safety Stand-Downs in 2014 and 2015, and OSHA expects thousands of employers across the nation to join the 2016 event. To guide their efforts, OSHA has developed the official National Safety Stand-Down webpage with information on conducting a successful stand-down. After their events, employers are encouraged to provide feedback and will receive a personalized certificate of participation.
OSHA’s goal this year is to reach 5 million workers, which would represent more than half of the construction workers in the U.S.
For more information, visit OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down webpage.