It’s been widely known in the construction industry that falls are the leading cause of most job injuries and fatalities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, in 2018, falls at construction sites accounted for 338 out of 1,008 total deaths, which is approximately 33.5 percent. Recognizing the issue, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has come up with an annual voluntary event called National Safety Stand-Down. The purpose of the event is to increase safety awareness and decrease the number of fatal falls. As a leading provider of OSHA Fall Protection Ladders, Design Components invites your further take a look at this safety event.
Information on the National Safety Stand-Down
Every year, during the National Safety-Stand-Down event, employers will directly talk to their employees about safety. Launched in 2012, the event has received such positive responses from construction companies across the country. Due to COVID-19, instead of being held on Workers’ Memorial Day in April like the previous years, this year, the event will take place between September 14th through the 18th.
To conduct a Safety Stand-Down, companies can take advantage of break time to conduct a toolbox talk or a presentation. Depends on the work environment, employers can get creative with ways to keep the employees engaged during the event. Here are some tips on holding a product stand-down:
- Plan in advance and come up with hands-on activities to engage employees
- Assign different teams to lead the stand-down in case there are multiple worksites
- Provide refreshments and snacks and create a welcoming atmosphere
- Review existing fall prevention procedures and open up a discussion on what can be improved
- Mention the Certification of Participation
- Implements employees’ suggestions where possible
Find more information about the National Safety Stand-Down on the OSHA website.
OSHA Fall Protection Ladders at Design Components, Inc.
With 40 years of experience as a metal building accessories supplier, we recognize the importance of fall prevention. We pride ourselves on creating products that are OSHA-compliant. Our ladders have been used in Metal Buildings all over North America, and are among the top choices for Contractors, Architects, and Engineers worldwide. Besides fixed ladders and modular ladders, we also provide primary personal fall arrest systems, such as trolleys, full-body harnesses, and rigid rail systems. At Design Components, we have what it takes to create a fall-free working environment and enhance overall safety.