2015 National Safety Stand-Down to Reach Workers Worldwide
Over the last 10 years, more than 3,500 workers have died from falls. In fact, falls remain the leading cause of death in construction, accounting for more than a third of deaths in the industry. If you’re involved in construction or any other high-risk industry, you may be familiar with these numbers. But what you might not know is that there’s a growing safety movement that focuses on saving the lives of workers through fall prevention education.
Last year marked the first National Safety Stand-Down for fall prevention in construction, a combined effort from OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training. During the stand-down, employers and workers paused their workday to focus on preventing falls through talks, demonstrations and trainings.
The Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council (MACSC) with the support of the Philadelphia Building Trades was a major contributor to this National effort. The MACSC Conducting over 250 events with more than 800 Construction Managers, General Contractors and subcontractors participating in the Safety Month. OSHA’s Region III was thrilled to have been active participants in 13 of these events which ultimately reached more than 7,000 employees.
Due to the success of the 2014 program, this year’s Stand-Down has been extended to two weeks. Our goal is to have over 3 million workers participate in over 20,000 stand-downs from May 4 to 15, 2015. OSHA’s Region III is once again thrilled to be partnering with the MACSC in the 2015 National Stand-Down. To learn how to partner with OSHA during the Stand-Down, get information on how to conduct a successful event, resources for employees and workers, receive a certificate of participation, and the latest news, visit www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown.
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National Safety Stand-Down to Reach Workers Worldwide.
Over the last 10 years, more than 3,500 workers have died from falls. In fact, falls remain the leading cause of death in construction, accounting for more than a third of deaths in the industry.