OSHA has set its annual National Safety Stand-Down event to prevent falls for May 3-7.

It marks the eighth year that OSHA has held the event that encourages employers to talk to employees about fall prevention and fall hazards, one of the top safety violations cited by inspectors.

“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,” OSHA said on its website.

“Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says fatalities caused by falls from elevated heights continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded nationwide in 2018.

Participation

Although falls are more prevalent in the construction industry, every industry is encouraged to join in the weeklong event.

“Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the stand-down,” OSHA said.

“Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards can use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals.”

OSHA said it’s also an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.

The agency has suggestions on how to prepare for a successful stand-down and information on regional stand-down coordinators.

The coronavirus pandemic forced OSHA to reschedule the 2020 stand-down from May to September.


For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).