The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it’s National Safety Stand-Down campaign. The purpose behind this campaign is to help raise awareness of preventing fall hazards on construction work sites. As OSHA defense attorneys, we know that fatalities caused by falls from elevation are the leading cause of death for construction workers, and understand the importance of raising awareness about that fact. For more information on the 2016 Safety Stand-Down, visit our article, Preparing for a Safety Stand-Down.
2016 National Fall Prevention Stand-Down Goals
Last year’s Stand-Down campaign was a major success for OSHA, with the campaign reaching more than 2.5 million workers. For 2016, OSHA hopes to reach 5 million construction workers, and if they reach that goal, they will have spread their message to more than half of the construction workers in the United States.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
In the construction industry, a Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event that gives employers the opportunity to speak directly to employees about safety. This particular Stand-Down will focus on fall hazards and reinforcing the importance of fall prevention.
Can Anyone Participate in the Stand-Down?
Anyone interested in preventing falls in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down campaign. Examples of interested participants range from commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, subcontractors, independent contractors, general industry employers, highway construction companies, unions, employer’s trade associations, the U.S. Military, and safety equipment manufacturers.
Conducting a Safety Stand-Down
There are a few different ways for construction companies to conduct a Safety Stand-Down. Companies can host a toolbox talk or another safety activity to conduct safety equipment inspections, develop rescue plans, or discuss job specific hazards. OSHA is encouraging construction managers and employers to plan a Stand-Down that works best for their company anytime during the week of May 2-6, 2016.
OSHA’s Stand-Down Partners
To make this a successful Stand-Down campaign, OSHA is partnering with different key groups, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), State consultation programs, OSHA approved State Plans, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the U.S. Air Force, the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.