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Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction 2015

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Join the Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

 

Stand Down 1-12-16

 

 

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.

 

Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council Success Story for 2014

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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.

Residential Construction Fall Prevention Resource from Washington University in St. Louis

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 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.

2014 Fatality Mapping Project and Dataset updated through June 30

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The 2014 Fatality and Falls Map has been updated through June 30. Please see the Fatality Mapping Project page for the updates to the data set

Fatality and Falls map updated through June 30, 2014

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The Fatality and Falls maps for 2014 have been updated through June 30, 2014. The updated data sets will be posted soon.

Kentucky Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction 2014

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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!

Scaffold Hazard Alert Now Available In Spanish

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The Scaffolding Hazard Alert is now available in Spanish in addition to English.

As always, check out Training & Other Resources page for more resources to prevent falls in construction.

A Story to Prevent Falls in Construction: Carpet Installer Fatality

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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.

Safway Group’s National Stand-Down Efforts

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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.

United States Air Force Stand-Down Success Story

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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

Dr David Michaels, OSHA

Video from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA

Dr Christine Branche, NIOSH

Video from Dr. Christine Branche, Director, NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health