OSHA Fall Protection Stand-Down (May 4-15)

Falls are the leading killer in construction, 36.5% of the total deaths (302 out of 828) in 2013 (OSHA). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 60% of all elevated falls are from a height of less than 10 feet.

Slip, trip, and fall exposures exist in all industries and STF related events accounted for 605 workers deaths and 212,760 serious injuries in 2009 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The National Safety Council determined the workers’ compensation costs resulting from STF injuries were $70 billion in 2002. These costs are much greater in today’s economy!

The second annual OSHA Fall Protection Stand-Down, May 4-15 is intended for the construction industry, but all businesses with fall exposures would benefit from preventing fall exposures and accidents. OSHA has created a webpage entitled “Join the National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction”. Check out their resources, FAQ’s, and information about how to conduct a stand-down.

The intent is to have managers conduct a safety activity that could include toolbox talks, equipment inspections, rescue planning, or a job hazard analysis.

Please evaluate your company fall exposures and consider participating in the OSHA Fall Protection Stand-Down, May 4-15, 2015. Also check out the Safety Director resources available to policyholders, like the worksheet here.


Posted by Eric Grant, CSP