The National Safety Stand-Down is organized at a yearly basis and is held for raising awareness about fall hazards. The goal of the National Safety Stand-Down is to prevent falls in Construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, 1 out of every 3 construction fatalities (measured in 2015). This year’s National Safety Stand-Down is held from May 8th until May 12th.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Anyone can participate! A safety stand-down can be held in any workplace, just take a break to focus on the “Fall Hazards” and focus on the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It can be seen as an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods and the company’s safety policies and goals. Employees can also take the time to observe and talk about fall hazards with management.
An OSHA initiative
OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.
XSPlatforms Stands-Down for safety!
To create awareness about the campaign, we have a daily post during this safety week in which we use the hashtag #StandDown4Safety. We have bundled all these post in an infographic, that is available for you to download. We need to remind ourselves and others to take safety measures when working at height. In the end, we all want to get home safely. Stay Safe and Stand-Down 4 Safety!