Does your company or organization participate in the National Safety Stand-Down Campaign?

By Michael Marr, Safety Technical Resource Consultant

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), falls are the number one cause of construction worker fatalities, accounting for one-third of all on-the-job deaths in the industry. This marks the 11th year that NIOSH, The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have teamed up to reach millions of construction workers nationwide through The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. Each year, a National Stand-Down event is held to focus on fall prevention.

Events for this campaign were held in all 50 states and internationally last year. Participants include construction companies of all sizes, general industry employers, the military, other government organizations, unions, trade associations, and equipment manufacturers.  As in past years, the first week of May 2022 is the week for Stand-Down Events. BWC, like many organizations, will be working with employers and associations to promote the campaign.

BWC Resources

BWC has resources to help you improve fall prevention in your company or organization. We have developed a fall protection program template on our Written Safety Program Templates webpage that you can make specific to your company’s needs. We also have discussion materials on a variety of topics dealing with falls and fall prevention on our Safety Talks webpage. Topics include falls, parking lot safety, portable ladder safety, and more.

Training courses on fall protection can also be found on the BWC Learning Center by searching for “falls” in the search field. If you are new to taking BWC training, create an account following instructions on our Learning Center Course Registration page.

Additional Resources

This year CPWR has promoted “Keep Your Fall Prevention Program Alive All Year Long.” They have developed 10 ways to keep the focus on preventing falls. This focus is imperative for those companies that have exposure to falls. The 10 steps were shared in a webinar offered in January that can be viewed here.

OSHA, NIOSH, and CPWR provide resources to help you conduct your own Stand-Down event.

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