Safety Stand-Down Movement
When it comes to construction safety, everyone knows the basics. Wear a helmet, safety gloves, and goggles; make sure to lift a box with your legs, not your back — the list of standard safety measures can go on and on.
As you know, construction sites can be dangerous even if you sat through all the training videos. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.”
Safety should be the No. 1 priority when working in construction. The lives of on-site workers can be at serious risk otherwise. Having little to no chance or cause for injury, whether minor or fatal, ought to be the ultimate goal of all construction companies.
Employers and employees must confer openly with one another to minimize risk. To encourage construction companies to keep those lines of communication wide open, OSHA is promoting an event called the National Safety Stand-Down, which will be held from May 7–11.
Safety Stand-Down will spread awareness of safety, particularly regarding falls from elevation. “Falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities within the construction industry,” OSHA states. “370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 … [were] caused by falls.”
Any individual or company that wants to prevent these and other hazards within the workplace is welcome to participate in Safety Stand-Down. It’s easy to organize, too. Take some time out of the day to gather workers and employers in order to discuss safety. Or, try a more hands-on approach. Employers and employees can work together to conduct safety equipment inspections, develop rescue plans, or discuss job-specific hazards.
Safety throughout a construction site is important and should never be taken for granted. One careless action can have catastrophic consequences.