May 3-7, 2021, was the 8th annual National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) promotes this week to encourage construction safety 24/7 all year, every year.
Falls are the greatest challenge to construction safety. Injuries dramatically impact workers’ lives. But families and businesses also suffer when there’s a fall-related accident.
Employers are responsible for providing safe workplaces. We also have a responsibility to provide safety education to employees at every project site. OSHA’s function is to set safety standards and guidelines for workplace safety.
What You Can Do To Promote Construction Safety
In addition to reducing fall hazards and providing safety information, another valuable measure to increase construction safety is to encourage workers to report any fall or other safety risks they see. A Safety Stand-Down is an opportunity and not an obligation because most of us feel responsible for employee safety.
Who Participates In a Safety Stand-Down?
Project managers can take advantage of this opportunity to discuss project-specific hazards and risks. It’s also a good time to document rescue plans.
Construction safety programs or “toolbox talks” can be sponsored or supported by:
- Construction companies of every size
- Employee interest organizations
- General industry employers
- Government entities
- Highway construction companies
- Industry institutes
- Safety equipment manufacturers
- Sub-/independent contractors
- Trade associations
Go to the Stop-Falls Events site to learn where and when programs are available in your region or contact your regional manager. If your company has developed a fall-prevention program, needs additional information, or has suggestions, you can email [email protected] or access social media sites with #StandDown4Safety.
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