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.
The Fatality Map and Falls Map for the first half of 2015 has been posted — check it out here.
If you are aware of a recent work-related construction fatality, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program enjoyed a comprehensive and very successful 2015 Fall Prevention Campaign that concentrated on raising awareness of fall hazards, collaboration with partners, training, and a 2 week long Stand-Down in conjunction with OSHA’s National Stand-Down. Read about their efforts here.
This report summarizes the worldwide Air Force activities held during 2015 Fall Protection Focus Weeks sponsored by Air Force Ground Safety. This effort was developed in support of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s campaign, “National Safety Stand-Down,” and reached 1,542,912 total individuals. Read the rest of the report here.
New NIOSH FACE Reports have been added to our Other Materials. The new ones are listed below:
- A 53-Year-Old Male Iron Foreman Dies After Fall From Steel Decking – Kentucky
- A Metal Fabrication and Finishing Foreman Dies After 25 Foot Fall at a Commercial Building Site – Kentucky
- Carpenter Falls from Ladder – Washington; Fatality Narrative as a Slideshow
- Hispanic worker falls from residential roof – North Carolina
- Laborer Falls 55 to 75 Feet to the Ground While Spray Painting Grain Bins – Kentucky
- Municipal Electrician Dies after Falling out of an Aerial Lift Truck’s Raised Bucket after It Was Struck by a Semi-Tractor Trailer – Massachusetts
- Painter Died When Elevated Scissor Lift Tipped to Side When Tire Entered Pavement Depression – Michigan
- Roofer Dies After Gust of Wind Knocks Him And A Co-Worker Off Roof – Kentucky
- Roofer Killed After Falling From a Ladder Lowered From a School Roof – New Jersey
- Tower Technician Killed When Guyed Tower Collapsed – New York
- NIOSH-Funded Program and Stakeholders Work to Prevent Falls from Temporary Wooden Platforms on Bridge Decks
- Vineyard worker killed in fall from trailer – Oregon
- Hispanic Laborer Killed When Struck By Falling Plywood on a Commercial Construction Site – Kentucky
- Laborer Dies after Falling Through 40-Foot High Roof of Recycling Facility – New Jersey
- Construction Worker Falls 14 Feet from a Beam onto Concrete and Suffers Serious Brain Injury, Washington; Fatality Narrative as a Slideshow
More FACE reports are available on our Other Materials.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is a research program designed to identify and study fatal occupational injuries. The goal of the FACE program is to prevent occupational fatalities across the nation by identifying and investigating work situations at high risk for injury and then formulating and disseminating prevention strategies to those who can intervene in the workplace. NIOSH FACE is currently targeting investigations of deaths associated with machinery, deaths of foreign born workers, energy production, and falls in construction.
Currently, nine State health or labor departments have cooperative agreements with NIOSH for conducting surveillance, targeted investigations, and prevention activities at the state level using the FACE model. Falls in construction is one of the program’s current focuses, all 9 of the active FACE states have been extremely engaged in the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. Read more about their participation in the 2015 Campaign and specific Safety Stand-Down activities in this document.