Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA), along with federal OSHA, recently promoted and participated in the “2015 National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-down,” to raise awareness about preventing fall hazards in construction.
The safety stand-down campaign, which was first conducted in June 2014, partners MNOSHA with key national safety and health groups, leading employers, and employer and employee organizations.
It encourages employers to host voluntary “safety stand-down” events and talk directly to employees about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall prevention.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers.
In 2013, 291 of the 828 construction fatalities in the nation were the result of falls.
Construction companies were asked to stop work for a safety stand-down meeting focused on a related safety topic, such as ladder safety, fall-protection equipment or scaffold safety, to provide workers with information about hazards, protective methods and the company’s safety practices, policies, goals and expectations.
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