The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 279 of the 806 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014.
2015 Stand-Down Goals
Last year’s Stand-Down was a tremendous success, reaching more than 1 million workers. This year, OSHA’s goal is for more than 20,000 Stand-Downs involving more than 3 million workers to take place from May 4-15, 2015. If we meet this goal, we will have touched almost 4 out of 10 construction workers in the country.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. Last year, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer’s trade associations, institutes, worker interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.
Read More at https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/