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5th Annual National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Posted on  by CDR Elizabeth Garza, MPH, CPH

Falls remain the leading cause of death in construction. In 2016, there were 370 fall fatalities out of 991 total fatalities in construction. There were more fatal injuries in construction than any other industry in the United States in 2015, accounting for 20% of the nation’s 4,836 work-related deaths that year. According to the CPWR-the Center for Construction Research and Training, from 2011-2015, 61% of fatal falls in construction occurred in small businesses with fewer than 10 employees (see figure 1). Falls account for 37% of the work-related deaths suffered by construction workers. Almost two-thirds of those fatal falls were from roofs, scaffolds, and ladders.
These falls are preventable. This National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was launched on April 26, 2012. The Campaign encourages everyone in the construction industry to work safely and use the right equipment to reduce falls (see figure 2). This year marks the 5th year of the National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. We are asking employers to join our ongoing campaign and participate in the National Safety Stand-Down during the week of May 7-11. Set aside time during that week to have an open discussion with your employees about falls and how to prevent them.  Over the last few years, thousands of companies have participated in the Stand-Down reaching millions of employees across all 50 states and internationally. Since the fall stand-down started, over 7.5 million people have stood down in the U.S.

Figure 1

What Can You Do?

  • Construction contractors can prevent falls from heights on their worksites.
    • Plan ahead to do the job safely before starting each and every job.
    • Provide the right equipment for working at heights.
    • Training workers to use the equipment properly and to work safely on roofs, ladders, and scaffolds.
  • Watch our playlist of videos that gives insight into fall safety in the construction industry through many perspectives, from owner to safety man, to worker.
  • Participate in the Stand Down.
    • Start with visiting stopconstructionfalls.com for posters, training materials, and more information about how to be a partner in the campaign.
    • View and download the new 2018 (and past year’s) infographics available in English and soon in Spanish as PDFs or JPEGs for use in social media, presentations, and print materials (see figures 1 and 2). These infographics were developed by NIOSH and CPWR to raise awareness of the risk of falls in construction and provide steps for prevention.
    • Order free hardhat stickers and hazard alert cards on ladders, scaffolds, fall harness, or aerial lifts.

Figure 2

You can also:

  • Post the 2018 National Stand Down posters in English or Spanish
  • Check your ladder – NIOSH Ladder Safety App.
  • Get the word out! Put a campaign link on your website, an announcement in your newsletter, a post on your social media account including #StandDown4Safety. Follow @NIOSHConstruct on Twitter and re-tweet the latest campaign news.
  • Produce and distribute campaign materials: learn how “How-to Guide for Building a Local” Campaign[564 KB]
  • Reach out to new partners including government, labor, and industry.
  • Seek new ways to reach those most disproportionately at risk, small residential contractors.
  • Assist with evaluating the effectiveness of the campaign.
  • Share your success story! If you put on a successful Stand-Down and would like us to publish your story, let us know here.

CDR Elizabeth Garza, MPH, CPH, is Assistant Coordinator for the Construction Sector in the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health.

Posted on  by CDR Elizabeth Garza, MPH, CPH

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