Join the Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
The Safety Stand-Down is currently in its third year and gaining momentum as we gear up for 2016. Last year’s Stand-Down was a tremendous success, reaching more than 2.5 million workers – and we’re hoping to reach even more in 2016. The Stand-Down provides an opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees about the risk of falls, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations. Companies can participate by stopping work and providing a focused toolbox talk on fall prevention, conducting equipment inspections, demonstrating fall protection and procedures, or any number of other activities that educate workers on fall hazards and solutions.
For more detailed information on how companies have participated in past Stand-Downs, check out Success Stories highlighting the actions of particular states, organizations, and companies in 2014 and 2015.
Through the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council, more than 30 organizations and 7,000 employees participated in stand down events! Read more about the successes and activities of the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council.
Need help figuring out a fall prevention device that will work for a job in residential construction? Vicki Kaskutas, a researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has developed an online tool, Fall Protection Resource for New Home Construction, which describes over 150 fall prevention devices. People can search by the type of fall protection device needed (anchor for personal fall arrest system, scaffold, guardrail, etc.), or by the phase of construction fall protection is needed for (floor joist installation, truss setting, roof sheathing, etc.). At least one close up picture of each fall prevention device is shown, the device purpose and installation are described, cost and manufacturer are provided, and links to the device manual, vendors, and video are provided when available.
To learn more or use the Fall Protection Equipment resource, click here. The research and website was funded by NIOSH and CPWR.
The Fatality and Falls maps for 2014 have been updated through June 30, 2014. The updated data sets will be posted soon.
Campaign partner Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Department of Workplace Standards have compiled all their activities and successes for 2014 into this PDF. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet urged Kentucky employers and employees to participate in the National Stand-Down for more than a month before it began with weekly announcements in both English and Spanish. Read all about their Stand-Down activities and activities for the rest of the year!
As always, check out Training & Other Resources page for more resources to prevent falls in construction.
The Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (WA FACE) Program tells the story of a worker who fell to his death on the job. Falls in construction are all too common, but for one carpet installer, a fall hazard may have been the last thing he expected in his industry. By telling his story and providing prevention recommendations, this 5-minute video cautions workers in construction to consider the hazards at each new job and at the beginning of each day, particularly the unexpected hazards.
This video was produced by the Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (WA FACE) Program, whose goal is the prevention of work-related fatal injuries.
The Safway group partnered with the Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction and participated in the National Stand-Down on June 2, 2014. The Stand-Downs emphasized the campaign’s core message: Plan. Provide. Train. Check out their newsletter for some great photographs from their Stand-Downs from across the country.
The US Air Force was one of the major participants to join in the week-long Safety Stand-Down. They not only reached hundreds of thousands of state-side individuals, but also extended the effort to those working internationally. The initiative was led by the Headquarters Air Force Ground Safety office and supported by more than 2000 Air Force safety professionals, as well as commanders and supervisors worldwide. The goal was to reach 650,000 military and civilian personnel, and estimates show that they likely exceeded that goal through the use of televised videos by Dr. Michaels of OSHA and Dr. Branche of NIOSH in military exchanges.
In addition to collaborating on and sharing those televised presentations, the Air Force developed and promoted materials including a Fall Protection pocket guide and a “What do you know about fall protection?” Awareness Week poster. They posted a featured message on the homepage of the Air Force LeaveWeb website used by every Air Force member, and most significantly conducted several on-site activities. All Air Force safety professionals were tasked with spending the week visiting jobsites, conducting fall protection audits, and using those opportunities during the audits to conduct training. The Air Force safety offices at the major commands provided opportunities specific to their areas of responsibility and missions including, but not limited to:
- Funding attendance to OSHA’s Fall Protection 3115 Course
- Developing partnerships with other Air Force organizations promoting fall protection
- Convening stand-down discussions in Air Force maintenance organizations
- Safety professionals visits with individual squadrons for open discussions
- Participation in the LJB Fall Protection Stand-Down Seminar
- Organizing a fall protection working group to address unique issues