The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal safety agencies announced that they have designated May 8-12, 2017, for the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down. The event is a nationwide effort to remind and educate employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls – the cause of the highest number of industry deaths in the construction industry.
The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness in preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 364 of the 897 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (BLS preliminary data). Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2016.
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