National Safety Stand-Down is May 2017

Talking about hazards, protective methods, and safety policies with your construction workers could bring fall-related injuries to zero

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There’s no denying the fact that injuries – even fatalities – are preventable. To date, falls are the number one cause of death among construction workers, according to OSHA’s Top 10 list of safety violations .

To bring heightened awareness to the serious nature of fall-related injuries, the 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down will be held May 8 through 12. The Safety Stand-Down is a free event that is open to the public.

Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by having a toolbox talk or by organizing a safety activity, such as, safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards.

The Safety Stand-Down event is completely voluntary; however, all employers are encouraged to talk with employees about goals and safety expectations to improve the fall prevention programs they currently use.

Fall prevention training resources are available and recommended to be distributed to employees prior to the Safety Stand-Down. OSHA suggests reviewing all fall prevention programs - such as falls from ladders, roofs, scaffolds, stairs, structural steel, floor or roof opening, and fragile roof surfaces - with workers.

OSHA has partnered with key groups to assist with this movement, including organizations like the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), the U.S. Air Force, and OSHA-approved State Plans.
Employers will be able to provide feedback about their Stand-Down experience and download a Certificate of Participation for completion of Stand-Down.

Use this National Safety Stand-Down to make a difference and reinforce the importance of safety.

Get your employees excited about the Stand-Down with motivational kits .


Provide all participants with a hardhat sticker that reminds them of their commitment to prevent falls.


Inform your employees about the National Safety Stand-Down and grab their attention with motivational banners.