fall prevention workerCompanies and workers in all 50 states joined the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on May 4 to launch the second annual National Fall Safety Stand-Down.

Through May 15, construction industry employers and employees are encouraged to voluntarily stop work to learn and discuss how to prevent deaths and catastrophic injuries.

fall prevention posterIndustry, business leaders and others — including universities, labor organizations, and community and faith-based groups — have scheduled stand-downs nationwide. The U.S. Air Force is also joining the effort by hosting stand-down events at bases worldwide.

One of the many events already held was led by students at Madison Park echnical-Vocational High School and YouthBuild Boston who have been safely building a low-income, affordable house there since September 2014. On May 5, they traded their tools for notepads and pencils during their own stand-down.

Discussing the importance of fall safety, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels said: “People who fall are not just numbers — they are mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. The cost of building our nation and economy cannot be the lives of its workforce, and that’s what this Stand-Down is all about.” In 2014, more than 5,000 employers and more than one million workers participated in the record-setting event. Organizers expect to set a new record for participation in 2015.

FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION.

In 2013, there were 291 fatal falls to a lower level out of 828 total fatalities in construction. Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps to fall prevention:

  • PLAN ahead to get the job done safely
  • PROVIDE the right equipment
  • TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely

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