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OSHA announces national safety stand-down

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a national safety stand-down June 2-6 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.

"Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in this industry," says David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "We're working with employers, workers, industry groups, state OSH plans, and civic and faith-based organizations to host safety stand-downs that focus on recognizing hazards and preventing falls. We are getting the message out to America's employers that safety pays and falls cost."

During the stand-down, employers and workers are asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction and discuss topics such as ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety. OSHA also has launched an official national safety stand-down website with information about how to conduct a successful stand-down. Afterward, employers will be able to provide feedback and receive a personalized certificate of participation.

The stand-down is part of OSHA's ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, which started in 2012 and was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NIOSH's National Occupational Research Agenda program. The campaign provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials regarding how to plan ahead to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for workers and train all employees to use that equipment properly.

Visit www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown for more information about how to conduct a stand-down; receive a certificate of participation; and access free education and training resources, fact sheets and other outreach materials in English and Spanish. To learn more about preventing falls in construction, visit www.osha.gov/stopfalls.


3/20/2014




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