The week of May 7-11, 2018, has been designated National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. During that week, construction workers and employers are encouraged by NIOSH, OSHA, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) and other industry stakeholders to stop work temporarily and discuss fall hazards and fall prevention on job sites across the nation.
This is worth doing, safety advocates in the construction industry stress, because falls are the top cause of death for construction workers, per NIOSH data. Workplace falls on construction sites account for one-third of the fatalities in the industry. On March 21, Scott Ketcham, deputy director for OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, noted at a CPWR event that the stand down is an important way for the industry to emphasize the need for safety at construction sites, where falls are an ever-present danger.
Ketcham said there is no exact way to conduct a work stand down, but OSHA approves of construction companies’ stopping work for a brief period and having a ‘focused session’ on workplace safety to prevent falls. Whether that is training with toolbox talks, videos, demonstrations or a lecture about how falls affect the workplace, all these methods can be effective in putting safety at the front of workers’ minds.
OSHA reports that millions of construction workers have taken part in stand downs for safety since the campaign started. Events have taken place in all U.S. states and even internationally. In 2017, it was reported that companies with fewer than 25 workers held almost 50% of the stand down events in America.
Ketcham reports that the events have been a great success and are a good way of emphasizing workplace safety on construction sites. He hopes that each year more construction companies, large and small, will participate in the event so there are fewer construction site accidents and deaths from falls. The attorneys of Guajardo & Marks hope this is the case, as well.
Construction Site Fall Statistics Are Grim
OSHA data shows that falls are the top cause of construction site deaths. All workers who are six or more feet above the ground are at higher risk for injury or death. It is common for construction workers to fall from roofs, scaffolding and ladders. Many of these falls are preventable with proper safety equipment and training. Employers are required per OSHA requirements to provide safety equipment to prevent falls and related accidents. When companies do not provide proper safety equipment and training to prevent falls, workers may have legal options to recover compensation for their injuries.
Have You Been Injured in a Workplace Fall? Talk to a Dallas Workplace Injury Attorney Today
Construction sites are a dangerous place to earn a living. Every year, hundreds of Texas workers are injured or killed at job sites, building sites and oil fields, leaving the victims and their families with terrible financial and emotional trauma. The team at Guajardo & Marks is accomplished in successfully concluding workplace legal claims. We will do everything possible to make sure you get fair and full compensation for your fall or other workplace injury. Please contact us for a free discussion of your workplace injury case today.