The 2015 Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down is a national campaign to raise awareness of fall protection and prevention on construction sites. Each year, more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls. It is the goal of the Safety Stand Down to prevent deaths and injuries caused by fall hazards through education and training.
The first national Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down took place in June 2014. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated over one million workers were educated on fall protection, equipment care and inspection and identifying fall hazards. Many companies used this opportunity to replace old equipment such as harnesses and lanyards.
From May 4-15, 2015 the Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down will campaign nationally to prevent fatal falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds by encouraging residential construction contractors to:
• PLAN ahead to get the job done safely
• PROVIDE the right equipment
• TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely.