Stand-Down for Safety

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Last year, OSHA, National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) joined forces for a national Stand-Down campaign. The campaign focused on preventing construction falls, and nearly 1 million workers participated. This year the campaign has been expanded to two weeks and is set to take place from May 4-15. Even more organizations have joined in the event this year: he American Society of Safety Engineers, National Construction Safety Executives, the U.S. Air Force, the National Safety Council, OSHA-approved state plans, state consultation programs, and OSHA Training Institute Education Centers. “No child should lose a parent, no wife should lose a husband, and no worker should lose their life in a preventable fall,” said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. “The stand-down serves as an important opportunity for work sites to recognize the hazards that cause those falls and train employers and workers how to avoid them so that these tragedies can be prevented once and for all.”

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