The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Center for Construction Research and Training announced that this year's National Safety Stand-Down will take place from May 2-6, 2016. During this period, employers are encouraged to pause during the workday and speak with, demonstrate, or train employees on the recognition of hazards and prevention of falls.
With falls causing the highest number of deaths in the construction industry, this event educates and reminds employers of the serious dangers of falls. More than four million workers participated in this event in 2014 and 2015 with thousands more expected to participate in 2016:
“In many workplaces, falls are a real and persistent hazard. Given the nature of the work, the construction industry sees the highest frequency of fall-related deaths and serious, sometimes debilitating injuries,” said Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH. “Since the effort began in 2014, the National Safety Stand-Down serves as an important opportunity for both employers and workers to stop and take time in the workday to identify existing fall hazards, and then offer demonstrations and training to emphasize how to stay safe on the job.”