OSHA's tenth annual National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down is May 1–5, 2023, a week dedicated to awareness of falls from height. Falls are consistently the leading cause of construction industry fatalities, accounting for over 378 of the 986 construction fatalities recorded in 2021 (most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Performing work from height as well as slip, trip, and fall hazards are two of the most frequently encountered serious hazard exposures and, as such, we encourage everyone to dedicate time during the upcoming week to fall hazard awareness.
WJE urges all of our clients and fellow AEC professionals to participate in this event. You can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by providing training, taking training yourself, or by performing any other fall protection safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, and discussing job-specific hazards.
For more information about the National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, visit OSHA's web page dedicated to the event. Several national online events that may be of interest are included as part of this year's stand-down.
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