The Stand-Down Is On! Join the National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Posted on by Elizabeth P. Garza, M.P.H.; Scott Earnest, Ph.D., P.E., C.S.P.; and Christine M. Branche, Ph.D., FACE

fallsThe construction industry is one of the most dangerous, and within construction, falls are the leading cause of death and injury. Every year, workers fall from ladders and roofs, down stairs, through floors and holes, and off of scaffolding. In 2013 across the United States, three-hundred and five construction workers died because of a fall. These fatalities were preventable.

For the last two years, NIOSH has participated with partners including OSHA, CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, and the NORA Construction Sector Council in the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down. Over this two-week stand-down (May 4-15) participating companies are having toolbox talks about preventing falls. They are developing rescue plans, conducting equipment safety inspections, and providing training to their employees.

A wealth of materials are available free of charge at to companies that want to protect their workers from falls.

stand-down-006bThese—and many other resources—give tools to managers so they can provide fall prevention training and otherwise improve conditions at the worksite.

The stand-down serves as an important opportunity for worksites to recognize the hazards that cause falls, and to train employers and workers how to avoid them so that these senseless tragedies can be prevented once and for all.

NIOSH wants to hear from you how you are keeping your workers safe from construction-related falls.


Elizabeth P. Garza, M.P.H.;  Scott Earnest, Ph.D., P.E., C.S.P.; and Christine M. Branche, Ph.D., FACE 

LCDR Garza is Assistant Coordinator for the Construction Sector in the NIOSH Office of the Director.

Dr. Earnest is Deputy Director for the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health and Coordinator for the Construction Sector.

Dr. Branche is Principal Associate Director and Director, Office of Construction Safety and Health.

Posted on by Elizabeth P. Garza, M.P.H.; Scott Earnest, Ph.D., P.E., C.S.P.; and Christine M. Branche, Ph.D., FACE

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    Nuestra empresa por dedicarse a la rehabilitación de edificios, es propensa a padecer este tipo de accidentes. Les damos las gracias a CDC por esta guia tan completa de medidas de protección en la construcción y las reformas. Es un tesoro para nosotros!..Muchas Gracias CDC!!

    Translation from Google Translate:
    Our company for engaging in the rehabilitation of buildings, is likely to develop this type of accident. We thank CDC for this comprehensive guide protection measures in construction and reforms. It is a treasure for us! .. Thank CDC !!

    Excellent information – falls are a constant consideration for us as we move around on customer’s roofs on a daily basis. This is also an underlying theme we have when talking to customers who are trying to figure out if they want to hire a professional or attempt a DiY effort on their own. After they are a bit more in tune with the dangers of dancing around on top of a three story building, avoiding bees and squirrels, they usually opt to hire a professional.

    En el puesto de trabajo tiene que de imperativo legal cumplir con las reglas de seguridad para evitar todo tipo de desgracias.
    Soy propietario de una empresa de obras y reformas y el todo momento nuestros profesionales cumplen las medidas de seguridad o son expulsados.

    From Google Translate:
    In the workplace, it is legally imperative to comply with safety rules to avoid all kinds of misfortunes.
    I am the owner of a construction and renovation company and at all times our professionals comply with security measures or are expelled.

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