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0 Comments | May 04, 2018

OSHA’s Fifth Annual Safety Stand-Down Event

In an effort to improve workplace safety, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is hosting its fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls event. The country-wide event occurs during the week of May 7, 2018 and encourages employers to have an open discussion with employees regarding the importance of workplace safety.

In 2017, OSHA noted that the lack of fall protection, specifically within the construction industry, was the most cited violation during worksite inspections. Events such as Safety Stand-Down allow employers to demonstrate safe practices and offer workers training in hazard recognition and fall prevention.

In addition to proper training, workplaces can reduce risks by keeping surfaces clean and free of clutter, visually identifying hazards with the use of Fall Protection Signs, and illuminating areas that may have poor visibility. Through training and general education, OSHA hopes employees and employers can drastically reduce the number of fall fatalities and injuries; something OSHA considers preventable.