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
"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,