The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is May 6–10, 2019

Feb 25, 2019

It is never too soon to begin planning for your safety stand-down. This is an excellent web page with tons of resources to help you execute your stand-downs.

https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/resources.html

Download the poster for the 2019 Stand-down here:

https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/poster.pdf

This year, OSHA has included social media graphics for employers to spread the word:

https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/mediaresources.html

Thanks to 3M who produced this excellent video demonstrating how personal fall protection systems for leading edge work must be:

o   Leading edge rated (or the PFPS could fail)

o   Used as the manufacturer intends (or the PFPS could fail)

While OSHA never, ever endorses a product, service or vendor, the message of this video is extremely important. If you are willing to spend time and money on personal fall protection systems, you should ensure that they are selected and used properly.  The video might take some time to download, but it is well worth the effort for the important information it imparts:

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmultimedia.3m.com%2Fmws%2Fmedia%2F1643738O%2F3m-dbi-sala-leading-edge-awareness-video.mp4&data=02%7C01%7CPtak.Leslie%40dol.gov%7C952bfe853b304086e43708d6937b183c%7C75a6305472044e0c9126adab971d4aca%7C0%7C0%7C636858554222272910&sdata=%2F62259l23xdMEONkmztLrk7ZfglVzN85g%2BS0XVQ4PPA%3D&reserved=0

In case you wondered, the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017) show that falls are still a leading cause of workplace fatalities, the number of fall fatalities increased in 2017, and construction was the industry that had the highest number of workplace fatalities. The link to the BLS fatality data is here:

https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfch0016.pdf

The BLS web page for all of the 2017 fatality report is here:

https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm

The Wisconsin specific BLS web page for all of 2017 fatality report is here:

https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/tgs/2017/iiffw55.htm

Leslie Ptak

Compliance Assistance Specialist

Madison OSHA Office

608-441-5388 x124

www.OSHA.gov/stopfalls