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2020 Stand-Down Week Webinars

Save the Date: Monday, September 14th 
2020 Kick-off: National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Falls still remain the leading cause of death among construction workers, accounting for 1 out of 3 construction fatalities – with groups like residential workers and roofers at an even higher than average risk. Thousands more suffer serious injuries because they lack the right safety equipment, the knowledge and training to prevent falls, or both.

To prevent construction falls, the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was launched through the NORA Construction Sector Council in 2012 with leadership from NIOSH, OSHA, and CPWR.  Each year, the National Safety Stand-Down, where employers and workers take a break to focus on preventing falls, is the cornerstone of the campaign. . This year, business leaders, labor organizations, community groups, and other construction industry stakeholders will participate in virtual or socially-distanced Stand-Down events from September 14–18.

To kick-off the week leaders from OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR will share some of the latest data trends and new fall prevention resources to use during the Stand-Down week and beyond.


  • Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health,
  • Scott Ketchum, Director, OSHA’s Directorate of Construction
  • John Howard, M.D., NIOSH Director
  • Scott Earnest, PhD, PE, CSP, NIOSH, Director, Office of Construction Safety and Health.
  • Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director, CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training

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Thursday, September 17th at 2:30pm ET (45 mins)
Investigating Fall Fatalities and Injury Claims on Prevention Efforts

The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program investigates fatalities that occur on the job and provides the public with full access to these investigations. The FACE program targets deaths associated with falls in construction. This webinar will explore the characteristics of workers and employers who have been involved in fatal construction falls and the impact injury claims can have on small construction leaders’ participation in fall prevention efforts. The webinar will close with a presentation on how the Michigan FACE program uses fatality tracking and outreach to prevent falls in its state.

Moderator: Scott P. Breloff, Ph.D, Detailed as the Coordinator for the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health; Biomedical Research Engineer

Characteristics of Workers and Employers Involved in Construction Falls
Dr. Todd Schoonover, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, SHARP Program
Washington FACE
Does Experiencing an Injury Claim Impact Small Construction Company Leaders’ Participation in a Fall Protection Survey?
Dr. David Hurtado, Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon FACE
Fatal Construction Falls in Michigan: Tracking and Outreach for Prevention
Dr. Anthony Oliveri, Michigan State University, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Michigan FACE

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Friday, September 18th at 12pm ET (45 mins)
Investigating Fall Fatalities: Lessons Learned and Tools for Prevention
Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers, accounting for about 1 out of 3 construction fatalities. Among the most affected are Hispanics and roofers. We can learn a lot about preventing fatal falls by understanding more about the circumstances surrounding these tragic events.  This webinar will share the results of two fatality investigations, one involving a Hispanic roofer in North Carolina and the other a gutter installer in Kentucky. The webinar will close with a discussion on a NIOSH tool that can be used to prevent falls, a daily inspection tool for a mast climbing work platform.

Moderator: Scott P. Breloff, Ph.D, Detailed as the Coordinator for the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health; Biomedical Research Engineer

Hispanic Worker Falls from Residential Roof in North Carolina
Jennifer E. Lincoln
NIOSH FACE Program, Surveillance and Field Investigations Branch, Division of Safety Research
Gutter Installer Dies After Falling from Roof
Michael Turner , Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
Kentucky FACE
Mast Climbing Work Platform Daily Inspection Walkthrough Tool
LT Bryan Wimer- NIOSH, Division of Safety Research

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NRCA Stand-Down Week Webinar Series

The National Roofing Contractors Association presents an OSHA National Safety Stand-Down Week Webinar Series
Sept. 15, 16 and 17, 2020
Noon – 12:30 p.m. CST

As an employer, it is your responsibility to comply with OSHA’s fall-protection regulations.  Join for this three-day webinar series as Tom Shanahan, Harry Dietz and Rich Trewyn from NRCA’s Enterprise Risk Management Department provide insight into various fall-protection topics.

This special series consists of three 30-minute sessions. Topics covered include:

Sept. 15, Noon – 12:30 CST
Ladder use and setup, guardrails, and warning lines and safety monitors systems
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Sept. 16, Noon – 12:30 CST
Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS), including calculated clearance distance
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Sept. 17, Noon – 12:30 CST
Rescue Techniques and Suspension Trauma
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