The ARTBA Work Zone Safety Consortium recently released a series of fall prevention fact sheets for bridge work. Check them out over at the Work Zone Safety website.
As a campaign partner, Harness, a company that provides modern solutions for managing safety and health, developed a new mobile app that gives contractors and workers easy access to Stand-Down materials from stopconstructionfalls.com and beyond while on the jobsite. The app also allows users to share activities and post photos from their stand-downs. Download it through the Apple or Android app stores, or at nationalsafetystanddown.com.
CPWR’s Toolbox Talks are now available in Spanish. They are:
- Prevencion de Caidas desde Andamios
- Caidas – Escaleras Extensibles
- Escaleras de Tijeras
- Prevencion de Caidas desde Techos
- Maquinarias: Como Subirse y Bajarse
- Caidas: Proteccion General y Concientizacion
- Caidas desde Vehiculos en Movimiento
- Caidas por Agujeros y Aberturas
If you are aware of a recent work-related construction fatality, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
New materials in support of the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction are available! Check out the 2016 OSHA Stand-Down video – available in both English and Spanish (Español) and the new posters, also available in both English and Spanish (Español).
ISHN and Safety + Health Magazine are both covering the 2016 National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction.
Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for 1/3 of on-the-job injuries and deaths in the industry. The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and OSHA are continuing the partnership they began in 2012 to raise awareness of ways to prevent falls.
Worker involvement in the stand-downs grew from 770,000 in 2014 to more than 1 million in 2015 – a 35 percent increase, according to the CPWR report. However, these figures are based on an OSHA database in which participants printed out completion certificates. CPWR estimates the true number of worker participants reached in 2015 alone was about 2.5 million.
The following materials have been made available and posted on the stop construction falls website:
- Construction Worker Falls 14 Feet from a Beam onto Concrete and Suffers Serious Brain Injury – Washington; Fatality Narrative as slide show
- Hispanic Roofers Fall Protection Failed Causing Him to Fall 29.91 Feet to his Death – Kentucky
- Roofer Falls 20 Feet from Roof- Washington; Fatality Narrative as slide show
- Temporary Worker Fell from a Fixed Ladder inside a Building Being Renovated – Massachusetts
This website on preventing falls from ladders at work has also been made available:
The New Jersey FACE program has also been made available a study on fall protection for small residential companies.
Click here for an analysis of the 2014 and 2015 Stand-Down based on data collected from OSHA’s certificate of participation website.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) supports state health departments and universities to develop and maintain ongoing occupational health surveillance programs and activities. They then share this information and promote public access to occupational health outputs produced by the states through a State-based Occupational Health Surveillance Clearinghouse. Through this process, NIOSH has received some great information on the 2015 stand-down activities of several different states. Activities ranged from hosting speakers and conducting fall prevention training to widespread email outreach and new resource creation. Read about the successful events and efforts that happened in Kentucky, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, and Iowa here.