National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 6-10

April 29, 2024|

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The American Society of Safety Professionals encourages safety professionals and employers to raise awareness and participate in the 11th-annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction on May 6-10.

The observance is part of a year-round campaign led by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Falls from height are the leading cause of death for construction workers, with more than 350 fatalities and 20,000 serious injuries occurring each year, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workers face risks on roofs, above-floor openings and even at lower levels.

Construction companies can recognize the stand-down by briefly stopping work and giving a toolbox talk, performing a safety equipment inspection, conducting a rescue planning exercise or discussing job-specific hazards.

ASSP encourages the use of #StandDown4Safety in social media to share stories and recommendations during the week-long observance.

OSHA offers several resources for companies, trades and employees to use to make the most of the observance.




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