Safety Pays, Falls Cost
2016 National Safety Stand-Down May 2-6
Whether you fall 20 stories or 20 feet, a workplace fall can change your life in seconds. It can be debilitating, causing you to lose your livelihood – or even your life. Even the most experienced of workers can fall without the proper safety measures in place.
In 2014 alone, 337 workers died from falls on construction sites. Falls also remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry and lack of proper fall protection remains the most frequently cited violation by OSHA.
Each year across the country, employers, workers, safety associations and OSHA dedicate time to spreading the word that stopping falls can save lives.
Last year marked the second annual National Safety Stand-Down for fall prevention in construction, a combined effort from OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training. During the stand-down, employers and workers paused their workday to focus on preventing falls through talks, demonstrations and trainings.
The Stand-Down has been a tremendous success the last two years. Nearly 1 million workers received certificates during the first stand-down and 2.5 million last year. Stand-Downs were reported in all 50 states and internationally. Over the past two years, small businesses, large corporations, and some of the country’s biggest construction companies have stopped their work to dedicate time to fall safety.
Prevent falls at your workplace by taking the American Ladder Institute's free Ladder Safety Training.