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OSHA Resources Aim to Help Employers Protect Workers From Falls

Jan 14, 2019

OSHA offers a collection of resources to help employers prevent falls in the workplace, the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry. 

  • The sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 6-10, 2019. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the workday to discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them. 
  • series of fall safety videos show how to prevent construction-related fall hazards from floor openings, skylights, fixed scaffolds, bridge decking, reroofing and leading-edge work. 
  • Fall Prevention Training Guide provides a lesson plan for employers including several toolbox talks.
  • Fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding provide guidance on the safe use of these types of equipment while performing construction activities.
  • A 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls video that encourages employers to develop a fall prevention plan, and to provide workers with fall protection and training.
"Falls can be prevented if employers plan ahead to ensure the job is done safely, provide the right equipment and train workers to use the equipment safely," the agency says.

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