National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Workplace Falls
Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers.
Tragically, each year roughly 300–400 construction workers fall to their deaths, most often while working at heights on roofs, ladders, and scaffolds. In 2020, out of 1,034 falls that resulted in death in the construction industry, 353 were due to falls from a height to a lower level. Researchers have found that some work conditions have higher risks for falls (CPWR 2021). Most fatal falls happen to roof and finishing contractors in residential construction. Immigrant workers, workers for small construction companies, and younger/older workers also are at increased risk. Construction falls remain a persistent and deadly safety concern. From 2011–to 2021 the number of falls has increased.
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What is a Safety Stand-Down?
According to the U.S Department of Labor, "a safety stand-down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to their employees about safety". Ultimately the purpose of this week is to allow workplaces to take the time to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforce the importance of "Fall Protection".
How Can You Participate?
Looking for ideas on how to participate in this week’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction? Check out the guide below for easy activities:
And don't forget to tune in to watch the Official Kick-Off Event for The 2022 Stand-Down with @OSHA_DOL, @NIOSH, and @CPWR.