OSHA readies National Safety Stand-Down launch

Warming temperatures signal the return of construction companies to the worksite, as the summer is one of the busiest times of year for employers in this industry. In an effort to educate construction employers and workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is encouraging companies to take part in its “National Safety Stand Down.”

From June 2 to June 6, the workplace safety campaign is a voluntary event for employers to boost awareness on how to prevent injuries at the worksite, such as fall prevention strategies and fall hazards.

According to OSHA, the aim is to have at least 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers participate in the “Stand Down” by taking part in classes, training courses or listening to experts who can help make the construction site a safer place to work. Should this goal be realized, 1 out of 10 construction workers will be reached.

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OSHA says the event isn’t solely for construction workers, though. Professional societies, advocacy organizations, agencies and independent contractors are urged to observe the “Stand Down” awareness campaign so that a workplace safety culture can be reinforced.

OSHA offers a variety of resources to help employers put together their own “Stand Down.” The Center for Construction Research and Training also maintains a website that’s devoted to preventing workers from fall-related injuries. A free online video “Ladder Safety,” can be viewed at CopperPoint Mutual’s SafetyNet web page.

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