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May 19, 2014

Resources for Safety Stand-Down Against Falls, June 2-6

Falls are the leading cause of death for workers in the construction industry, and OSHA is inviting businesses to take part in a national stand-down to stop falls from June 2-6. During this week, employers and workers are asked to voluntarily stop work to discuss fall prevention, including topics such as safe work on roofs, ladders and scaffolds. The goal is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.

What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk to employees about fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for more than a third of construction fatalities in 2012. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards that year.

How to Conduct a Stand-Down

Construction companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by stopping work and providing a focused toolbox talk on a safety topic such as ladder safety, fall protection equipment or scaffold safety. The meeting should provide information to workers about hazards, protective methods and the company's safety policies, goals and expectations. OSHA's goal is to have over 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers participate.

Materials to help contractors, workers, and safety professionals prevent falls are available in English, Spanish and other languages.

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