Falls from elevation accounted for more than 37% of all construction-related deaths in 2019, claiming the lives of 401 construction workers according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This type of accident is an all too common occurrence on job sites around the country and one that’s completely preventable.
The National Safety Stand-Down is an annual event designed to raise awareness among construction workers and their employers of the dangers that a fall from elevation poses. This year’s program runs from May 3-7.
Taking part can be as simple as setting aside time to talk to workers on your job sites about specific, potential threats they face while they work. It could also include safety conducting safety inspections of your fall protection equipment. OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down’s webpage contains a number of resources for employers interested in participating including Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful Stand-Down for even more ideas for getting your entire team involved.
Additional Fall Prevention Resources from OSHA
- Fall Prevention Training Guide
- Fall Protection in Construction
- Preventing Falls in Construction
- 5 Ways to Prevent Falls (Video)
If your company could use assistance with developing a fall prevention safety program, or help with growing an existing safety program and culture, give us a call at (864) 979-6676 to learn more.