This year’s OSHA safety stand-down will be held September 14-18. More than a third of fatalities on jobsites today are caused by falls from elevation, a totally preventable hazard with planning, the right equipment, and proper training on how to use equipment.
Fall fatalities in residential construction have more than doubled from 26 deaths in 2011 to 61 deaths in 2015. This stand-down helps to recognize the importance of fall protection on jobsites and to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
What is a safety stand-down?
OSHA defines a safety stand-down as a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”.
How to participate?
Take this week to hold safety meetings reviewing toolbox talks, create or revamp a fall safety program, conduct equipment inspections, and find and fix present hazards. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime. See OSHA’s article, Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs for more suggestions. OSHA also hosts an Events page with events that are free and open to the public to help employers and employees find events in your area. If you participate in the stand-down you can download a certificate of participation from the OSHA site on September 14th by clicking here.
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If you participate in the safety stand-down and post it on social, please tag us and use the hashtag #StandDown4Safety.
To recognize the importance of fall protection in construction we will be posting fall protection blogs all month so stay tuned to learn about the different types of residential building fall protection to help keep yourself and your coworkers alive.
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