OSHA and other federal safety agencies have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. The event is a nationwide initiative to support construction industry employers and workers in their efforts to overcome the serious dangers of falls at their jobsites.
What is a Stand-Down? In a construction setting, the term “safety stand-down” is a voluntary event in which the entire site focuses on a particular safety issue – in this case, fall prevention. OSHA encourages employers to pause during their workday for topic discussions, demonstrations, and training on how to recognize and prevent fall hazards. More than four million workers participated in the National Safety Stand-Downs in 2014 and 2015, and OSHA expects even more employers across the nation to join the 2016 event.
Wondering where to start? OSHA has some Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful “Stand-Down” and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs to help employers with the planning process. There is also an abundance of educational material on how to take steps to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers, and train all employees in the proper use of that equipment. For even more opportunities to participate, see OSHA’s events page to find Safety Stand-Down events in your area that are free and open to the public.
Falls continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, and fall protection safety standards are consistently among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards. That’s why it is so important to reinforce the importance of fall prevention in the workplace – and the Safety Stand-Down serves as a great opportunity to do just that. By participating on May 2-6, all employers can make an effort to ensure every worker makes it to the end of their shift safely.
At Gallaway Safety, we are committed to continually educating ourselves on the latest regulations and product developments in fall protection. Because of this, we are reaching out to our construction customers to help get them resources for this important safety event. We’ve sold over 10,000 units of fall protection gear in the last 4 years, and take pride in our ability to keep workers safe at a price employers can afford.