New Dates Set for National Safety-Stand Down Initiative

The numbers are jaw-dropping: 

The top 10 causes of workplace injuries – such as slips, trips and falls and strains from lifting heavy objects – cost U.S. businesses more than $1 billion per week, according to a report from Liberty Mutual Insurance.  

Overall, disabling workplace injuries cost employers $59 billion per year. And the top 10 causes make up 89%, or $52.93 billion, of the total cost burden, the report said. 

Obviously, getting these top causes under control could keep employees from getting hurt while saving a company a great deal of money.  

In that light, we thought you should know that the 7th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls, which was put on hold earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has now been scheduled for Sept. 14-18, 2020.  

The National Safety Stand-Down is part of OSHA’s fall prevention campaign. OSHA has partnered with several organizations to encourage employers to provide safety demonstrations on fall protection equipment, conduct talks regarding fall-related hazards, safety policies, goals and regulations, and promote the event by using #StandDown4Safety on social media.  

“This national initiative brings much-needed attention to falls, which continue to be the leading cause of fatalities in construction,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Loren Sweatt said in a news release. “Since OSHA began doing fall prevention stand-down events six years ago, nearly 10 million workers have been reached by our message that falls are preventable. These efforts have been successful in raising awareness of the recognition, evaluation, and control of fall hazards.” 

Resources for those looking to participate in the stand-down can be found at OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down website: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/

Included in these resources are a brief five-minute video entitled, “5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls,” a series of fall prevention publications, OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide and guidance on ladder and scaffolding safety.  

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