OSHA March 19 announced a national safety "stand-down" that encourages employers to take time between June 2-6
to discuss fall prevention, ladder, scaffolding and roof safety with their employees. The stand down is part of OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign to raise awareness about the hazards of falls among employers and employees in construction. OSHA will recognize employers that participate with a personalized certificate
In the press release
, OSHA cites the importance of employers talking with their workers about fall prevention, which accounts for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.
“Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in this industry,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “We’re working with employers, workers, industry groups, state OSH plans, and civic and faith-based organizations to host safety stand-downs that focus on recognizing hazards and preventing falls. We are getting the message out to America’s employers that safety pays and falls cost.”
OSHA’s ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign
started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda Program. The campaign offers employers educational materials on how to prevent falls and information and training on safe-use of equipment.