Falls are the leading cause of workplace injury and death in the construction industry.

In fact, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) estimates more than 200 construction workers die from falls each year in the United States. And, more than 10,000 others are injured.

That’s the motivation behind the National Safety Stand-Down. Now in its sixth year, this week-long event calls attention to the dangers of fall hazards in construction and how to prevent falls from happening. It’s an opportunity for employers to pause work and have a conversation with employees about fall hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and processes. This year’s stand-down is May 6-10, 2019.

Stand-down benefits

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During the National Safety Stand-Down week, you set aside some time each day to stop all work activities and bring your crew together to discuss fall prevention. You can talk about hazards at your workplace, protective measures, and your policies. You can also plan safety activities. The five-day stand down plan referenced above is one option for setting up a daily schedule, but you’re also free to customize a plan that meets your specific needs.

Planning your stand-down

The CPWR wants to make it as easy as possible for you to host a stand-down at your construction site. The agency has set up its One-Stop Stand-Down Shop, which provides some of its top resources on one online page.

Materials include:

  • A written Fall Protection and Rescue Plan.
  • A five-day stand down plan, providing activities for each day of the event.
  • Hazard alert cards.

Your stand-down can be an effective training tool for your employees. While it does require pulling them off the job for a bit of time each day, the information they learn can go a long way toward maintaining a safe workplace.


Additional Resources

National Safety Stand-Down Infographics
Center for Construction Research and Training
2018 Construction Fatality Map (United States)
Help Prevent Falling From Heights

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