OSHA is recognizing its third annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls through this week, ending on the 6th. In 2014, almost 40 percent of all construction fatalities were fall related, and, the agency emphasizes, all of these deaths were preventable. The agency launched its first National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in 2014. Thousands of companies and more than 2.5 million workers took part in the Stand-Down in 2015, making it the largest occupational safety event ever hosted. A typical Stand-Down allows companies to stop work at a designated time to discuss and demonstrate how to the best prevent falls, and to encourage workers to apply these methods consistently. OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down page provides free information on how to conduct an event and access educational and training resources, including fact sheets in both English and Spanish.
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