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Safety Stand-Down Observed Next Week

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction next week (May 7-11), to educate workers about the importance of fall protection on job sites.

What is It?

The voluntary event, now in its fifth year, gives employers the chance to talk directly with employees about safety as fall are the leading cause of death among construction workers and are also the leading cause of Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations.

OSHA is partnering with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Occupational Research Agenda, the Center for Construction Research and Training, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives and the U.S. Air Force, as well as OSHA training and education centers and OSHA-approved state programs across the country.

Together, the organizations have put together an array of materials to help employers take time during the week to talk to their employees about safety.

These materials include videos, webinars, packets of information, posters, and maps, as well as OSHA-affiliated events.

Other Industry Participants

The National Roofing Contractors Association is a vocal participant again this year, providing multiple free webinars (one online), hosted by members of its risk management team, Tom Shanahan, Harry Dietz and Rich Trewyn. The webinars include:

  • OSHA National Safety Stand-Down Webinar, 1 p.m. CDT, May 7 – Presenters will explain how to use a job hazard analysis along with other pre-job resources and activities during the job and after it is complete. The presenters also will discuss how to create a company safety culture and its effect on fall prevention. 
  • Fall-Prevention Awareness Seminar, 8 a.m. – noon, at the Holiday Inn in Rosemont, Illinois – OSHA Region V Administrator Ken Atha will kick off the event, which will cover topics included in the webinar and include performing a JHA, discussing and demonstrating hazards associated with rescuing a fallen worker while suspended by his or her personal fall-arrest system, key fall-protection regulatory requirements and case studies built from attendees' fall-related experiences.

OSHA notes that the Stand-Down is not limited to those in construction, as fall hazards impact many trades.

"The Stand-Down is not limited only to construction industry trades," Dean McKenzie, director of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, and Christine M. Branche, Ph.D., FACE, principal associate director of NIOSH and director of its Office of Construction Safety and Health, said in a statement to Occupational Health & Safety.

"In fact, due to valuable information gathered from your participation in previous National Stand-Downs, we have found that many stakeholders within the construction industry as well as general industry and governmental entities join us in this event each year.

“Each year, large corporations and small companies have joined us to make this effort a success. If your employees work at height or are exposed to falls, you have a vested interest in standing down your operations to emphasize fall protection or other safety-related topics.”


Tagged categories: Fall protection; Health and safety; OSHA; Safety

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