National Safety Stand-Down
The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a National Safety Stand-Down from June 2 – 6, 2014 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which continue to be a leading cause of deaths for construction workers. In 2012, 279 construction workers lost their lives in falls from heights and more than 8,800 construction workers were seriously injured by falls.
To avoid these incidents from happening, hundreds of stand-down events will occur across the country, where employers and workers are asked to pause during their workday to talk about fall prevention and discuss topics such as ladder, scaffolding and roofing safety.
“Our message is ‘safety pays and falls cost,'” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels. “We emphasize planning ahead, providing the right equipment—such as guard rails or safety harnesses, lines and anchors—and training all employees, three simple steps can save lives.”
The goal is to have over 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers hold a safety stand-down to reach at least 1 out of 10 construction workers in the country. For more information on the National Safety Stand-Down initiative, visit OSHA’s website.