This week, May 2-6, marks the third annual Nation Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The key message during this week is the preventability of falls in the construction industry.

Falls, while the leading cause of death in the construction industry, continue to be the most frequently cited violation by federal safety inspectors. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez commented on the vital role the men and women of the construction industry play and the need for them to be safe, "They deserve access to the equipment, training and resources available to prevent falls and the tragedy they can inflict. I encourage everyone to join the 2016 National Safety Stand-Down and help ensure that no one’s livelihood is a matter of life or death."

OSHA began the Stand-Down in 2014 and last year, thousands of companies and 2.5 million workers participated—this led to it being the largest safety event ever hosted. The typical Stand Down allows companies to stop work at a designated time, demonstrates how to the best prevent falls, and encourages workers to apply these methods consistently. 

The National Safety Stand-Down falls under OSHA's fall prevention campaign, first started in 2012 in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupation for Safety and Health (NIOSH), NIOSH's National Occupational Research Agenda, and The Center for Construction Research and Training.

To learn more about conducting an event, receiving a certificate of participation for an event or accessing educational and training resources, including fact sheets in both English and Spanish head to OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down web page. Or if you are looking for some of the events open to the public near you, check out the Stand-Down calendar of events.