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The Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction began in 2012 with construction industry stakeholders seeking a way to raise awareness. Falls from heights are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction, with those coming disproportionately from small residential construction contractors.
Falls kill – they are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. Each year in the U.S. more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls.
The goal of this national campaign is to prevent fatal falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds by encouraging residential construction contractors to:
• PLAN ahead to get the job done safely.
• PROVIDE the right equipment.
• TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely.
Since the inception of the campaign, a new piece has been added: the National Safety Stand-Down. For information about how to conduct a stand-down, check out the Stand-Down page.
Campaign Sites & Information
The 2019 Stand-Down may be over, but fall prevention should be highlighted on jobsites all year long! For ways to build off the momentum of the annual Stand-Down, check out these ideas.
If you missed the official Stand-Down, but would like to hold one on your jobsite(s), learn more here.
The next annual Safety Stand-Down will take place during the first full week in May. As always, CPWR will be creating new materials and offering hardhat stickers in support of the Stand-Down. Stay tuned for updates. To learn more about past Stand-Downs and what the event is, click here.