National Fall Prevention Stand-Down
In a construction setting, the term “safety stand-down” is used to describe a wide variety of activities where normal work is paused and the entire site focuses on a particular safety issue. While some employers may use stand-downs to call attention to specific hazards present on their site as an intervention, the National Falls Campaign has adopted the use of the stand-down to draw attention to fall hazards, which are present on most construction sites.
Falls from elevation hazards are present at almost every job site, and many workers are exposed to these hazards daily. As such, falls are one of, if not the most important topics in work safety. Any walking/working surface could be a potential fall hazard. An unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level should be protected from falling by the use of a guard rail system, safety net system, or personal fall arrest system. These hazardous exposures exist in many forms, and can be as seemingly innocuous as changing a light bulb from a step ladder to something as high-risk as installing bolts on high steel at 200 feet (61 m) in the air.
In 2013, the leading cause of death in the construction industry, accounting for 291 of the 828 construction fatalities, were falls! That’s a huge portion of deaths in the workplace! The worst part? Those deaths were entirely preventable! That’s where the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down, from May 4th-15th, comes in! It’s entire goal is to raise awareness about preventing fall deaths or injuries in the construction industry.
The goal of this national campaign is to prevent fatal falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds by encouraging residential construction contractors to:
• PLAN ahead to get the job done safely.
• PROVIDE the right equipment.
• TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely.
It’s a noble cause and one that we, in our continued effort to raise awareness and increase safety in the work area, truly believe in!
If you would like to know more, visit this site.
And hopefully we can cut down on situations like this being more prevalent:
Where’s your fall protection gear?!