OSHA has set its annual National Safety Stand-Down event to prevent falls for May 3-7.
It marks the eighth year that OSHA has held the event that encourages employers to talk to employees about fall prevention and fall hazards, one of the top safety violations cited by inspectors.
“Companies can conduct a safety stand-down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards,” OSHA said on its website.
“Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says fatalities caused by falls from elevated heights continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded nationwide in 2018.