May 8-12, 2017 marked the 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down. Did you participate? If so, let us know by submitting your Success Story. You can also check out what others did by reading their Success Stories.
While the Stand-Down is the key event in the Falls Campaign, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that falls account for a third of all construction worker fatalities once it’s over. Consider using the Stand-Down as a jumping off point for a year-round fall protection program. And if you didn’t participate in this year’s Stand-Down, now is the perfect time to join in on the Campaign and take advantage of all the resources we have to offer!
For ideas on how to craft an ongoing fall protection program, check out 11 Ways to Keep Your Fall Prevention Program Alive All Year Long.
CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training is an international leader in applied research and training for the construction industry, and serves as the National Construction Center for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). CPWR conducts research to identify causes and solutions for safety and health risks on construction jobs that can lead to injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, publicizes the results, encourages the use of solutions, and conducts programs to train instructors in general and specialized safety and health topics.
This national campaign to prevent falls in construction is a government-labor-management partnership including CPWR, NIOSH, OSHA, state government, private industry, trade associations, academia, professional and labor organizations.
The campaign grew out of multi-stakeholder discussions under the auspices of the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) program. A NORA Construction Sector Council was formed to discuss top priorities for construction safety and health research and practice and to create national efforts to address them.
About The Campaign
Falls kill – they are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. Each year in the U.S. more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls.
The goal of this national campaign is to prevent fatal falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds by encouraging residential construction contractors to:
- PLAN ahead to get the job done safely.
- PROVIDE the right equipment.
- TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely.
Fall Prevention Campaign Partners
NORA Construction Sector Partners
- American Road and Transportation Builders Association
- Association of Equipment Manufacturers
- Association of General Contractors
- Contractors Safety Council of Texas City
- Liberty Mutual Group
- National Asphalt Pavement Association
- National Association of Home Builders
- The Association of Union Contractors
- Washington Group International
- International Union of Operating Engineers
- Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America
- Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the US and Canada
- East Carolina University Department of Technology Systems, Occupational Safety
- Harvard University Department of Environmental Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology
- West Virginia Safety and Health Extension
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health
- National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
- OSHA Directorate of Construction
- Kentucky Department of Labor Office of Standards Interpretation
- Massachusetts Department of Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program
- Wisconsin Division of Public Health
- Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense
- American Industrial Hygiene Association
- Burkhammer Consulting Services
Other Fall Prevention Partners
- Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas
Don’t Fall for It! is the result of a CPWR led, multi-stakeholder collaboration to develop attention-grabbing training materials to raise awareness of ladder fall hazards and prevention.
CPWR: Don’t Fall For It!
This 11-minute Don’t Fall For It! DVD features first-person accounts of workers who have fallen from ladders and emotional testimony from the family of a fatal fall victim.
Four accompanying fact sheets reinforce the DVD’s step-by-step primer on choosing, inspecting, setting up, and climbing ladders safely.
- Fact Sheet 1 – Protect Yourself from Fatal or Crippling Falls
- Fact Sheet 1 – Protect Yourself from Fatal or Crippling Falls – en español
- Fact Sheet 2 – Choosing and Inspecting Ladders
- Fact Sheet 2 – Choosing and Inspecting Ladders – en español
- Fact Sheet 3 – Setting Up Portable Ladders
- Fact Sheet 3 – Setting Up Portable Ladders – en español
- Fact Sheet 4 – Climbing Ladders Safely
- Fact Sheet 4 – Climbing Ladders Safely – en español
Don’t Fall For It Impact Card
- Focus Four Toolbox Talks – Falls from Ladders
- Portable Ladder Training Guide and Portable Ladder Checklist (From ACGIH®, Tailgate Meetings That Work!. Copyright 1997. Reprinted with permission.)
- Focus Four Toolbox Talks – Falls From Scaffolding
- Scaffold Training Guide and Scaffold Checklist (From ACGIH®, Tailgate Meetings That Work!. Copyright 1997. Reprinted with permission.)
- Guardrails Training Guide and Guardrails Checklist (From ACGIH®, Tailgate Meetings That Work!. Copyright 1997. Reprinted with permission.)
- Preventing Falls from Ladders in Construction: A Guide to Training Site Supervisors – Research results and materials to train site supervisors on how to identify and prevent ladder accidents on construction sites
- Preventing Falls from Ladders in Construction PowerPoint – A presentation that can be used with Preventing Falls from Ladders in Construction: A Guide to Training Site Supervisors
- Leading Edge Fall Protection System – a manual for installation and use of fall protection in steel erection
- Ladder Safety For Residential Construction Contractors – a handout with illustrations for residential workers on how to use a ladder safely
- 7 Steps to Ladder Safety – a one page graphic illustration on how to use a ladder safely
- Scaffold Safety For Residential Construction Contractors – a handout with illustrations for residential workers on how to use scaffolds safely
- Scaffold Safety For Residential Construction Contractors – Español
- OSHA Quick Card – Supported Scaffold Safety Tips – a brief description of working safely on a supported scaffold including what should be covered in user training
- FALLS The Leading Killer on Construction Sites – a handout with illustrations for residential workers debunking myths about the risks of falling and issues with using fall protection
- FALLS The Leading Killer on Construction Sites – Español
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