Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer’s trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.
OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force, and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.
How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down and FAQ’s
Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime during the May 8-12, 2017. SeeSuggestions to Prepare for a Successful “Stand-Down” and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs. OSHA also hosts an Events page with events that are free and open to the public to help employers and employees find events in your area.
Certificate of Participation
Employers will be able to provide feedback about their Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down.
Share Your Story With Us
If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on how we can improve future initiatives like this, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.
If you plan to host a free event that is open to the public, see OSHA’s Events page to submit the event details and to contact your Regional Stand-Down Coordinator.
- Campaign Fact Sheet: English (PDF) Spanish (PDF), Polish (PDF) and Russian (PDF)
- Campaign Poster: English (PDF). Spanish (PDF)
- Fall Prevention Wallet Card English (PDF). Spanish (PDF). Portuguese (PDF)
Fall Prevention Publications Webpage contains fall prevention materials in English and Spanish.
Ladder Safety Guidance
- Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely – Booklet (PDF). EPUB and MOBI
- Safe Use of Extension Ladders – Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Safe Use of Job-made Wooden Ladders – Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Safe Use of Stepladders – Fact Sheet (PDF)
- NIOSH Ladder safety phone app (English and Spanish)
- Ladder Jack Scaffolds Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Narrow Frame Scaffolds Fact Sheet (HTML PDF)
- Tube and Coupler Scaffolds – Erection and Use Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Tube and Coupler Scaffolds – Planning and Design Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Scaffolding Booklet (HTML PDF)
- OSHA Scaffold eTool
Stand-Down Partner Materials
- CPWR: Stop Construction Falls: contains educational and training tools including the fatality map.
- NIOSH: Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction
- National Safety Council
Outreach Training Materials
Fall Safety Videos
- OSHA Prevention Videos (v-Tools): Construction Hazards
- California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE)
- The Worker’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, Canada (WorkSafeBC)