National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction
The National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down was conceived 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. In a construction setting, the term “safety stand-down” is used to describe a wide variety of activities where normal work is paused and the entire site focuses on a particular safety issue. While some employers may use stand-downs to call attention to specific hazards present on their site as an intervention, the Campaign has adopted the use of the stand-down to draw attention to fall hazards in a nation-wide weeklong event. The Stand-Down is an opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations. Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by stopping work and providing a focused toolbox talk on a safety topic such as ladder safety, fall protection equipment, or scaffolds safety.
The first National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls was held in June 2014, and reached an estimated 1 million workers. The second Stand-Down was held in May 2015 and reached over 1.5 million workers! Contractors, workers, and safety professionals across the nation participated in these events, making huge strides in the fight against the leading cause of death for construction workers. Workers were educated on fall protection, including how to properly inspect and use protective equipment, and many companies took this opportunity to replace old or worn harnesses and lanyards. The Stand-Down demonstrates the type of success that can come out of a nationally coordinated effort.
For more detailed information on the number of workers reached and the types of Stand-Downs conducted, read the Analysis of the 2014 and 2015 data collected from OSHA’s Certificate of Participation website. Longer Success Stories highlighting the actions of particular states, organizations, and companies are also available for 2014 and 2015.
We are confident that the 2016 Stand-Down will be another successful event and encourage you to learn more about participating by clicking here.