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.
During a May 4, 2015, OSHA Safety Stand-down event at a Minneapolis construction site, Andy Smoka, safety consultant principal at Minnesota OSHA, happened to notice an individual working at elevated heights on Doran’s construction site nearby. Upon closer inspection, Smoka noticed the employee was using the proper fall protection and doing everything exactly right to prevent falls. Smoka then placed a phone call to the site superintendent for Doran Companies to recognize their safety efforts and inform them about the current National Safety Stand-down campaign to prevent falls in construction. The folks at Doran were excited about the idea to conduct a safety stand-down event at their site to reiterate the importance of fall safety for their company and subcontractors. Read about their May 13th event here.
An article from Finance & Commerce writes up a Stand-Down event in Minneapolis, MN:
Safety expert Trevor Taylor quizzed the workers in rapid-fire fashion.
“The first thing you need to do before you wear a full body harness before you go to work in the morning is do what? Inspect it,” Taylor said. “And what do we look for? Cuts, tears, burns, frays. If you can’t read the label, the harness isn’t any good.” In other words, the harness is too old.
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In this video, John LeBlanc talks about what happened when a worker died from a fall on a LeBlanc job site, how it effected him, and how safety became a priority. Watch the video to learn more.
The article details OSHA and its partner’s efforts to prevent falls in construction through the National Safety Stand-Down.
The International Safety Equipment Association has made available a guide for personal fall protection in English and Spanish. Both are now available on our Other Materials page, and the Spanish version has joined our En Español page.
The Construction Safety Council is providing a free Fall Hazard Awareness Training in Hillside, IL, Friday, May 15, 12-2 PM. Because of limited seating, the Construction Safety Council asks that participants register prior to attendance.
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Article from Midland Daily News: Great Lakes Safety Training Center Safety Stand-Down program focuses on falls
The article Great Lakes Safety Training Center Safety Stand-Down program focuses on falls from Midland Daily News highlights the National Safety Stand-Down and the role that the Great Lakes Safety Training Center is taking. Read more at the link.
Local Cincinnati new WLWT reports on the Stand-Down at Nippert Stadium:
“That’s what this is all about, is really trying to stop, take a minute – it’s a very changing environment – and really making sure you’re focused on what’s going to bring you home safely that day,” said Bob Grace, project executive for Turner Construction.
Lift and Access has an article about the National Safety Stand-Down:
“The people that fall are not just numbers, they are mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “The cost of building our nation and economy cannot be the lives of its workforce, and that’s what this Stand-Down is all about. These deaths are preventable if we plan ahead, provide workers the right equipment and train each and every one of them how to use it.”