Falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show that more than one-third of construction fatalities that occurred in 2017 (366 of 971) were due to falls. Those deaths were preventable. Join in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction during the week of May 6-10, 2019. This campaign seeks to raise fall hazard awareness and help prevent fatalities and injuries. The purpose of the stand-down is for employers and employees to engage in open discussion about how to prevent falls and other hazards at their worksites.
The Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program provides a number of useful resources, including Toolbox Talk guides. These user-friendly guides are available in English and Spanish and are based on lessons learned from actual construction fatalities. Are you planning to hold a Safety Stand Down at your jobsite this May? These free, downloadable toolbox talks can provide helpful information as you address staying safe at your workplace.