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The Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction began in 2012 with construction industry stakeholders seeking a way to raise awareness. Falls from heights are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in construction, with those coming disproportionately from small residential construction contractors.
Falls kill – they are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. Each year in the U.S. more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls.
The goal of this national campaign is to prevent fatal falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds by encouraging residential construction contractors to:
• PLAN ahead to get the job done safely.
• PROVIDE the right equipment.
• TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely.
Since the inception of the campaign, a new piece has been added: the National Safety Stand-Down. For information about how to conduct a stand-down, check out the Stand-Down page.
Campaign Sites & Information
Fall Prevention & Protection in the Roofing Industry
Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 1:00pm Eastern
Introduction by: Scott Ketcham, Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction
Thomas Shanahan, CAE, VP Enterprise Risk Management and Executive Education, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
Harry Dietz, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, NRCA
Rich Trewyn, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, NRCA
Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, but roofers are at an even greater risk of falling than those in other trades. In 2017, roofers experienced 35.9 deaths per 100,000 FTEs, more than 10 times the rate of all construction occupations combined. The OSHA-NIOSH-CPWR National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls and the National Roofing Contractors Association are working to improve these numbers by increasing employer and worker awareness and understanding of fall hazards and how to address them. The Safety Stand-Down has been postponed until later in the summer due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we should stop focusing on falls. This hour-long webinar provides the perfect opportunity to learn from experts virtually about some of the specific considerations roofing contractors and workers need to take into account when planning, training, and executing fall prevention measures, as well as what to do in the event that a fall does occur on your jobsite.
The Safety Stand-Down, originally scheduled for May 4-8, 2020, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be rescheduled this summer. In the meantime, we encourage you to remember that falls are still the leading hazard in construction and should be an area of focus year-round. Updates on the Stand-Down, along with new materials, will be added to the site when available. CPWR’s 2020 Hardhat Sticker order form has been closed temporarily, but will be re-opened when we are able to resume shipping.