Join the Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

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NAHB is once again partnering with OSHA to encourage home builders to participate in its National Safety Stand-Down for fall prevention in construction, May 6-10, 2019. The safety stand-down is designed to raise awareness about the hazards of falls, which are responsible for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry, contributing to 366 worker deaths in 2017 alone. Fall protection is also the most frequently cited OSHA violation each year. A safety stand-down is a voluntary event that gives employers an opportunity to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and reinforce the importance of fall protection. Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the stand-down. In past years, participants included both small and large construction companies, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, trade associations, and safety equipment manufacturers. Prepare now for the stand-down next month. Use OSHA resources, or visit the NAHB stand-down page for more details. Three Steps to Host Your Own Stand-Down [caption id="attachment_14948" align="alignright" width="300"] Workers at a home build site participate in 2018 stand-down.[/caption]
  1. Plan ahead. Always schedule the stand-down ahead of time to maximize worker turnout. Jobsites follow strict schedules with tight deadlines, so it is important to schedule at a time convenient for all workers. TIP: Provide lunch as an incentive for participation.
  2. Cover the basics. Choose a topic to use as the focus of the stand-down. Tailor the topic to the current jobsite priorities, such as scaffolding, ladder or roofing safety. TIP: Use the free NAHB Fall Protection Video Toolbox Talk (English and Spanish) for ideas, and distribute the written handout materials.
  3. Host your stand-down. Present the information to the workers, keeping it short and simple. Use visual aids, or conduct hands-on demonstrations, such as how to put on a harness or inspect a ladder/scaffold. TIP: Document attendance at the stand-down with the Safety Stand-Down Sign-In Sheet.
For more information on the 2019 safety stand-down, contact Rob Matuga.

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