This week (May 2- May 6) OSHA observes the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down to raise awareness about preventing fall hazards in construction. During the first week in May, OSHA encourages employers to bring awareness to fall prevention and conduct toolbox training on the topic with employees.
This issue is a top priority for OSHA because violations of fall protection safety standards were among the top ten most frequent citations by OSHA in 2014. Additionally, fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for almost 40% of construction fatalities recorded in 2014.
Even if you aren’t in the construction industry, now is a good time to review fall prevention training with your employees. OSHA has free resources that employers can use to educate their employees about preventing falls:
- Ladder Safety
- Fall Protection Fact Sheet-General Industry
- Fall Protection Fact Sheet for Construction
If you have any questions about fall protection or any other safety issues, please feel free to contact our Risk Management Department.