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, originally begun by OSHA in 2014 as part of the National Falls Campaign to raise awareness surrounding the severity of fall hazards in construction and the importance of preventing them. For information about this year’s stand-down, you can view the webinar Getting Ready for the 2017 Safety Stand-Down or check out the Stand-Down page.
Campaign Sites & Information
May 8-12, 2017 marked the 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down. Did you participate? If so, let us know by submitting your Success Story. You can also check out what others did by reading their Success Stories.
While the Stand-Down is the key event in the Falls Campaign, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that falls account for a third of all construction worker fatalities once it’s over. Consider using the Stand-Down as a jumping off point for a year-round fall protection program. And if you didn’t participate in this year’s Stand-Down, now is the perfect time to join in on the Campaign and take advantage of all the resources we have to offer!
For ideas on how to craft an ongoing fall protection program, check out 11 Ways to Keep Your Fall Prevention Program Alive All Year Long.