According to BLS data, 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017 were caused by falls from elevation. These types of preventable deaths continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. In an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries, the National Safety Stand-Down seeks to raise fall hazard awareness across the country.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Workplaces can hold a stand-down by simply taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”.
Employers of companies that are not exposed to fall hazards can use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. Employees can also use this as an opportunity to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants have included
- commercial construction companies of all sizes,
- residential construction contractors,
- sub- and independent contractors,
- highway construction companies,
- general industry employers,
- the U.S. Military and other government participants,
- employer’s trade associations,
- employee interest organizations, and
- safety equipment manufacturers.
How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down and FAQ’s
Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job-specific hazards. Although the dates for the National Safety Stand-Down are May 6 – 10, managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime.
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