This year, the National Safety Stand-Down takes place from May 1st through May 5th. The purpose of this OSHA-led event is simple: To prevent falls in construction.
There is no denying the facts: Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, accounting for 378 of the 986 construction fatalities recorded in 2021 (BLS data). The truth is that most, if not all, fatalities from falls are preventable. Fall protection measures (education, training, safety equipment) save lives, and the National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
So, what is a Safety Stand-Down? A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event that provides an opportunity for employers to communicate with their employees and teams about the importance of safety on the job. Participation is easy, and any workplace can hold a Stand-Down by simply scheduling time to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforce the importance of “Fall Prevention”. Even companies that are not regularly exposed to fall hazards can utilize the event as an opportunity to have important conversations with their employees about other job hazards, appropriate protective measures, and company safety policies and procedures.
There are a number of ways that your company can conduct a Stand-Down next week. Some of the ways to participate include holding a toolbox talk, conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or holding company-wide discussions to address specific job hazards. The week-long event provides flexibility for managers to plan an activity that works best for their needs and schedule. You may also choose to partner with another group by finding an event near you. If you choose to hold your own Stand-Down, OSHA provides an easy guide on how to prepare for a successful Stand-Down. Once you complete your program, you can print a certificate of participation directly from OSHA’s website. Also, don’t forget to share your Stand-Down story on social media and demonstrate your commitment to safety by using the official event hashtag #StandDown4Safety.
While you and your crews should be practicing fall prevention safety and hazard awareness every day, the National Safety Stand-Down provides an opportunity to have meaningful conversations and conduct safety training activities that connect team members and reinforce the importance of safety policies and procedures on the job.
To learn about safety training programs and improving your company’s safety plan, contact Brauner Safety Services.
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