OSHA hosts National Safety Stand-down this week

By Higginbotham on June 03 , 2014

iStock_ScaffoldingWe’ve all seen the image of construction workers eating lunch on a New York skyscraper, floating on a beam suspended over the city. Safety has improved somewhat since that photo was taken. That doesn’t mean we’re anywhere near where we should be.

The number of fatal falls has risen from 2011 to 2012, accounting for 290 of 806 total fatalities in the construction industry. (Here’s the fatality map from last year.)

As for non-fatal falls, they caused almost 9,000 construction workers across the country to miss work in 2012. OSHA says that’s too many – and it’s time to do something about it.

The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

This week (June 2-6, 2014), a campaign called the National Safety Stand-down is slated to sweep the country. Its goal? To get employers and workers to focus on job-related falls: what the risks are and how to prevent them.

We encourage you to visit the campaign website, where employers can tap into toolbox talks, fact sheets, videos, trainer tips and many other resources.

These materials are provided free of charge, organized as a five-day program featuring a series of activities that you can cover with your team in just 15-30 minutes a day. You can either use the program out of the box, or modify its schedule and content to fit your needs.

Get Involved

Participation is voluntary – and very much-needed. In 2012, fall prevention safety standards on construction job-sites were nothing to brag about; in fact, they made the top 10 list for most frequent violations of the year.

OSHA believes we can do better.

Texas contractors: In addition to working through the campaign’s activities with your team this week, consider doing more. Help spread the word by linking to the campaign website from your own. Talk about the program at an upcoming meeting. Distribute flyers, handouts and other materials available on its website. Join the Stop Construction Falls page on Facebook, follow @NIOSHConstruct on Twitter and use your own social media accounts to share photos, info and news this week.

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