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Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Leading the Build with Safety First

May 2-6, 2022 is the 9th annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction – an opportunity to pause work on job sites to strengthen fall protection planning and talk about fall safety with crews. 

The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was launched in 2012 through the NORA Construction Sector Council with leadership from NIOSH, OSHA and CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training. Each year as part of the campaign, a National Stand-Down is held to focus on fall prevention.

Falls remain the leading cause of work-related deaths in construction, accounting for one-third of all on-the-job deaths in the industry.

Falls are preventable, and yet falls from elevations remained the leading cause of death in 2020 accounting for 351 of the 1,008 construction fatalities and 645 of the 4,764 fatalities in all industries (BLS data). Although the construction fatal falls represented a nearly 13% decrease from 2019, we must continue to do better in this area. 
The Stand-Down meeting is an opportunity to have a conversation about training, job hazards, protective methods, speaking up about unsafe conditions, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations. 

Are you doing everything you can to prevent a fall?

Planning, training, and the correct PPE for the task are essential. Check out the resources listed below for more information and training. 

Refresh your fall prevention knowledge with these resources:

VIDEO: 5 Facts You Should Know About Preventable Falls 
CPWR: https://stopconstructionfalls.com/ 
OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/ 
NIOSH: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/construction/stopfallscampaign.html