Why a Stand-Down?
With all this talk about the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, you may be wondering, what is the benefit to the Stand-Down? OH&S Magazine had an article focusing on just that. According to the article, falls are still a leading cause of deaths in construction. During 2016, there were 370 fatalities related to falls out of 991 total fatalities in U.S. construction. The goal of the Stand-Down is to prevent accidents and fatalities caused by falls. OSHA and the Department of Labor recommend a three step process to preventing workplace accidents:
- PLAN ahead to get the job done safely;
- PROVIDE the right equipment; and
- TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely