The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Begins

By on May 8, 2018
From The Center for Construction Research and Training:  Today (May 7) marks the start of the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Falls are the number one killer of construction workers on the job, and in 2016, claimed the lives of 388 workers from across the United States.
This is why CPWR, NIOSH and OSHA came together to launch the Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction in 2012 and added its flagship event, the National Safety Stand-Down, in 2014. Across the country, work will pause for toolbox talks about fall hazards, equipment inspections and safety audits, and other fall prevention activities. I know many of you are planning a stand-down, because we have sent you shipments with hundreds of thousands of Hardhat stickers and Hazard Alert cards for your events. Thousands of you have visited to download campaign materials.

If you haven’t planned your Stand-Down, it’s not too late! Schedule a fall prevention event at your training center, company, or jobsite. It’s easy: download some scripted toolbox talks and handouts that are appropriate to your trade, huddle with your team to reflect on the interactive Fall Fatality map, or review the campaign’s Five-Day planfor other possible activities. And when you’re done, don’t forget to visit OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down page to report on your event and earn a certificate of participation.
Please join the fight to stop falls and Stand-Down!

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