Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is joining with occupational safety organizations for the 6th annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, 2019.
The week-long event will focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry.
The national stand-down encourages employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard recognition and fall prevention, and talks about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.
“Falls can be prevented when employers train and educate workers about these hazards properly and provide appropriate protection,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt.
“This should be a priority during the first week of May and must be a priority every day.
"OSHA has tools readily available for employers and workers to address the prevention of fall hazards.”
OSHA anticipates thousands of work sites and millions of workers to observe the stand down worldwide in 2019.
Employers are encouraged to provide feedback after their events, and to obtain a personalized certificate of participation.
The national safety stand-down is part of OSHA’s fall prevention campaign, and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Occupational Research Agenda, and The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).
To learn more about preventing falls in construction, visit OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign page.
For more information, please contact 202-693-1999.