Falls are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. In fact, each year in the U.S. more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls.
Sponsored by OSHA and NIOSH, a national campaign designed to prevent fatal falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds will be held May 4-15. During the National Safety Stand-Down employers can call attention to specific hazards present on the construction site.
Contractors, workers, and safety professionals across the nation participated in the 2014 stand-down last summer, with 1 million workers learning about fall protection, including how to properly inspect and use protective equipment. In addition, many building companies took the opportunity to replace old or worn harnesses and lanyards.
Employers can receive formal recognition for participating in the 2015 Stand-Down, which coincides with the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and with the National Construction Industry Safety Week May 4-8. Click here for more information.