The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding a Fall Prevention Stand-Down throughout the United States. The Stand-Down will occur between May 8 and May 12, 2017. According to Safety BLR, OSHA indicates that the event is meant to provide “an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals.”
Events aimed at raising awareness about workplace falls are very important, because falls remain a leading cause of work injuries– especially in the field of construction. As many as a third of all construction workers who are killed doing their jobs each year die as a result of a fall from a height. More than 200 construction workers lose their lives annually when they fall from a high elevation, and another 10,000 construction workers each year sustain serious injuries in falls.
If you or someone you love is hurt in a fall, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help in making a claim for work injury benefits or for workers’ comp death benefits if a loved one has been killed by a workplace fall.
Stand-Down Helps To Prevent Atlanta Work Injuries Due to Falls
OSHA’s Stand-Down is designed to draw attention to risks of fall injuries on worksites run by large employers, but also on smaller construction sites where workers may not get as much safety training. OSHA encourages employers of all sizes to participate by scheduling time for safety activities including toolbox talks; an inspection of fall protection equipment; the development of a rescue plan or a discussion of fall hazards on a particular job site. Participating employers are encouraged to provide feedback to OSHA about their experiences and to download a participation certificate.
OSHA’s advice to employers to make the stand-down a success includes appointing a dedicated organizer and leader; preparing early for the stand down; asking engineers and subcontractors to be a part of the safety event; and developing activities most relevant to each worksite. OSHA also encourages employers to review their fall protection programs to identify site-specific risks, find ways to improve safety, and evaluate training and equipment provided to employers that is aimed at fall prevention.
OSHA has also organized many free events that will take place during the Stand Down. These events will be taking place across the country and include training classes, seminars, demonstrations of fall prevention equipment, and other safety programs. Employers can have employees attend these events to learn key safety tips if employers don’t want to plan their own events.
In past years, more than a million workers were reached by OSHA Stand-Downs. Hopefully, this years efforts to raise awareness of fall risks will be as successful as past efforts. Unfortunately, falls are likely to still continue occurring and many workers will continue to be hurt because of falls. Affected employees should get help from an experienced work injury attorney in understanding their rights after a workplace fall.