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NIOSH Plans Construction Safety Stand Downs

April 28, 2021

NIOSH Plans Construction Safety Stand Downs

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), along with its partners, is raising awareness of fall hazards and struck-by incidents--injuries or fatalities as a result of moving objects in work and lift zones.

Therefore, they planned two construction safety Stand-Downs. NIOSH, its partners, and employers and workers across the nation held the second annual day-long National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents on April 26th and will hold the eighth annual week-long National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction in the week of May 3-7. Construction deaths reached over 1,100 in 2019, the highest level since 2011. Fatal falls account for 36% of all construction fatalities and climbed to 401 deaths in 2019, a 25% increase from 2018. Participating in one or both of these national stand-downs is an opportunity for employers and employees to pause work and reinforce safe work practices on the job; have a conversation about training, job hazards, protective methods, and speaking up about unsafe conditions; and discussing company safety policies, goals, and expectations.
   —Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-04-22-21.html to read more.