The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its eighth annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction campaign will take place May 3-7, 2021. BCSP and OSHA encourage construction employers and other stakeholders to join the event to promote awareness and training to address one of the industry’s most serious dangers.
“Workers suffer serious and fatal injuries from falls and have a devastating impact on families and businesses,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health James Frederick. “This important collaboration with the construction industry encourages employers to learn how to better control fall-related hazards and improve their safety and health programs.”
The fall prevention campaign has helped train nearly 10 million workers on fall prevention. We encourage everyone to use #StandDown4Safety to promote the event on social media, and to share feedback after their events. More information can be found on OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down webpage.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
An event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety, particularly fall prevention. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on fall hazards and reinforce the importance of fall prevention.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace! Previous participants have included commercial construction companies, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. military, etc.
How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down.
Taking breaks to have a toolbox talk or other safety activities such as equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job-specific hazards. Whatever works best for you!