Fall Safety Stand Down Week is May 2-6, 2016, which is a program designed to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) along with the National Safety Council and other groups, the program was created in response to falls being a leading cause of death and serious injury in the workplace.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 345 of the 899 construction fatalities recorded in 2014. Sadly, those deaths were preventable. While construction workers are at most risk, falls can also happen in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and any industry that involves working from a height. The stand down calls for employers to take a few minutes to discuss fall protection and safety with workers who work from heights. The stand down week occurs each year as the construction season gets into full swing.
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