Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
May 9 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. Employers of companies not exposed to fall hazards, can also use this opportunity to have a conversation with employees about the other job hazards they face, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall and other job hazards they see.
The ABC Central Ohio Safety Committee is partnering with Columbus OSHA to host a Stand-Down event on May 9 at 9:30 am. The week of May 6-10, 2019 is the 6th annual National Safety Stand-Down and the goal remains the same, to raise fall hazard awareness so we can prevent fatalities and injuries related to falls. Columbus OSHA representatives: Larry Johnson, Area Director, Nina Wertz, Safety Specialist, and Matt Marcinko, Safety Specialist will be promoting the stand down and discussing fall protection.