For the second year in a row, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a national safety stand-down from May 4 through 15 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry.
During the stand-down, employers and workers are asked to pause their workday to talk about fall prevention in construction and discuss topics like ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety.
OSHA has an official national 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 that provides employers with lifesaving information and educational materials about how to plan ahead to prevent falls, provide the right equipment for their workers and train all employees about the proper use of that equipment.