National Safety Stand Down

NAHB Supports OSHA’s 4th Annual National Safety Stand-Down

OSHA is partnering with employers and trade associations once again on the national safety stand-down for fall prevention in construction, which will take place May 8-12, 2017. The purpose of this safety stand-down is to raise awareness about the hazards of falls, which are responsible for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry. Over the past three years, millions of small businesses, large corporations and some of the country’s biggest construction companies have participated in the stand down to prevent falls.

This year, NAHB is focusing on ladder safety, which is among the top causes for accidents and injuries on the jobsite. Ranked No. 3 on OSHA’s Top 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations in construction for fiscal year 2016, ladder safety continues to be an important everyday topic on the jobsite. For NAHB, the goal for this year’s stand-down is to spread awareness of ladder safety and provide members with the tools to effectively train employees who face these hazards every day.

In partnership with JSI, NAHB has put together a safety toolbox talk video to highlight ladder safety as well as provide supplemental written content for use to conduct your own safety stand-down. Serving as the first of many toolbox talks highlighting multiple safety topics, the ladder safety toolbox talk will focus on choosing the right ladder, inspecting and maintaining ladders, proper ladder set-up, and using ladders appropriately.

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A safety stand-down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall protection.

Who Can Participate?

Participants may include trade associations, employers, federal, state and local governmental agencies, professional societies, institutes consumer/labor-management interest organizations and sub- and independent contractors.

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