Commit Your Company to Safety with the 2015 Safety Stand-Down

May 8, 2015

Fatalities from falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 291 of the 828 fatalities recorded in 2013. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards during the fiscal year 2014.

In an effort to raise awareness of this preventable construction site hazard, OSHA is holding the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down through May 15. The goal is to reach more than 3 million workers through a series of voluntary workplace Safety Stand-Downs, during which employers talk to their workers about fall hazards and prevention.

Anyone who wants to prevent workplace falls may participate. Last year's participants included commercial construction companies large and small, residential construction contractors, subcontractors and independent contractors, highway construction companies, and even the U.S. military, reaching more than one million workers nationwide.
Managers are encouraged to plan a Stand-Down for their workplace any time before May 15. This can include any type safety activity, including holding a Toolbox Talk, conducting equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job-specific hazards. Employers can provide feedback and download a Certificate of Participation signed by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez following the Stand-Down. 

Read more...

Previous Article
How Construction Firms Can See ROI from Implementing Safety Programs
How Construction Firms Can See ROI from Implementing Safety Programs

In the black-and-white world of numbers and accounting, tangible...

Next Article
HCSS Hosts OSHA Safety Training for AGC Members
HCSS Hosts OSHA Safety Training for AGC Members

More than 100 Houston construction professionals are just a little...