It is no secret that construction is dangerous work and all construction workers face more risks on a daily basis than those in other industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls are among the top causes of fatal and non-fatal injuries in construction. Unfortunately, in 2019, falls, slips, and trips increased 11 percent in 2019 for a total of 880 deaths in the U.S. Recognizing the issue, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) came up with an initiative called National Safety Stand-Down in 2012 to raise awareness of fall prevention in construction. It has been successful and welcomed by thousands of construction employers nationwide. As a top manufacturer of OSHA Fall Protection Ladders, Design Components encourages you to learn more about this event and take part in it if you can.
Things to Know about the National Safety Stand-Down
The term “safety stand-down” is a jargon unique to the construction industry, which is often used to describe activities and events where normal work is paused to shift focus on a specific safety issue. However, the initiative is not limited to employers and employees in construction – companies in other industries and sectors are welcomed to participate as well. Despite the challenges that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, organizations held 2,535 total stand-downs and were able to reach 416,430 workers in the United States and internationally.
From toolbox talk to safety inspection, rescue plan development to training sessions, there are different ways to conduct a National Safety Stand-Down at your organization. There are many resources that you can make use of. Think of it as not only a learning opportunity for the workers on the site but also a way to connect with them and hear them share their experiences. Don’t forget to provide refreshments and most importantly, create a welcoming atmosphere so that everyone can enjoy their time while gaining more knowledge of fall prevention.
OSHA offers a Certificate of Participation to those who take the time to join the National Safety Stand-Down. Employers can download the certificate from OSHA’s website following the event.
To learn more about the National Safety Stand-Down and how to conduct it at your organization, please visit the OSHA website.
Design Components, Inc. – Your Number One Provider of OSHA Fall Protection Ladders
With 40 years of experience as a metal building accessories supplier, we recognize the importance of fall prevention. We pride ourselves on making products that are OSHA-compliant and instrumental to creating a safe work environment. Our ladders have been used at construction sites all over North America, and are among the top choices for Contractors, Architects, and Engineers worldwide. Don’t take our words for it – contact us today to have access to superior products and excellent customer service.