The leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry continues to be falls from heights, a cause of death that is completely preventable.
To help raise awareness and provide employers with an opportunity to discuss ladder and heights safety with their employees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated the week of May 7 - 11 as National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Week.
This is a great opportunity for you to review the fall hazards on your construction projects with your employees and the controls that will help them avoid falls from elevation accidents. Any company can participate, and OSHA provides all the resources necessary on their website.
Check out this Cornerstone blog post for ladder safety tips you can incorporate into your company's risk management strategy to help prevent falls and injuries.
For more information on how you can conduct a safety stand-down, including resources for hazard controls and toolbox talks, click here.