National Safety Stand-Down

Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, May 08, 2019

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

OSHA has declared May 6 – 10, 2019 as the “National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.” This voluntary event encourages employers to talk directly to their employees about safety and aims to raise awareness about fall hazards and fall prevention. According to OSHA, in 2017 falls accounted for 366 of the 971 recorded construction fatalities. These deaths could have been prevented with the use of proper safety equipment.

All employers are invited to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down. Past participants included commercial construction companies, residential construction contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. military, government participants, and safety equipment manufacturers. Companies that wish to participate can do so in a variety of ways including taking a break to have a safety talk or safety activity, conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing specific job hazards that relate to falls.

Stand Down Poster

General Fall Protection Guidelines

OSHA’s Subpart M outlines the requirements and criteria for fall protection in the construction industry and applies when workers are working at heights of 6 feet or more. Subpart M can be found in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Subpart M - Fall Protection, 29 CFR 1926.500, 29 CFR 1926.501, 29 CFR 1926.502, and 29 CFR 1926.503.

Fall Protection Requirements

Safe Use of Fall Protection

  • Make sure your fall protection is inspected at regular intervals and before each use.
  • Train employees to recognize when fall protection equipment needs to be placed out of service and repaired or properly disposed.
  • Select fall protection based on the height at which you will be working. Factors that determine the distance include the length of your lanyard, your body length, and any sag in the harness and anchor system.
  • Install guardrails to add extra protection.
  • Select the correct anchor to support your weight plus 5000 pounds.
  • Select the proper fall protection system including lanyards and harnesses to fit each individual.
  • Ensure employees are trained on the proper use of fall protection.
  • Train employees on the proper use of ladders.
  • Inspect harnesses before each use for proper fit and any wear or damage.
  • Train employees on your company’s fall rescue plan.

The use of the proper fall protection equipment could be a matter of life or death. By planning ahead, providing the right equipment, and training employees on the proper use of fall protection equipment, you can help keep workers safe and prevent falls on the job.

Fall Protection Products from YorkHoist

Learn More about the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction on OHSA's website.

OSHA Resources

Fall Prevention Training Guide

Fall Protection in Construction

Fall Prevention - Fact Sheet

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