The Occupational Safety and Healthcare Administration (OSHA) is the preeminent resource for employees facing hazards as the result of their occupation. Since its inception, the subsidiary of the U.S. Federal Department of Labor has fought against businesses that place workers in harm's way and sought to educate employees how to work in a safe, effective manner.
From May 4-15, OSHA will be a National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction event. Over the course of two weeks, the effort intends to educate workers with behavior based safety training and accident prevention initiatives that can drastically lessen the frequency of fatal construction accidents resulting from falls from scaffolding and other equipment that requires laborers to work from great heights.
According to OSHA, falls account for 34 percent of workplace deaths. This figure highlights the impact workforce safety training can have. By enabling employees to better utilize equipment that can protect them from traumatic falls, the instance of these tragic accidents can be greatly reduced.
The upcoming event is designed to create a dialog about these issues.
"[The event encourages] taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, or discussing job specific hazards. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime during May 4-15, 2015," according to an OSHA release.
Last year, the cause saw more than one million workers take part in events aimed at increasing awareness about the haunting frequency of fatal falls at construction sites.
In order to make this year's installment of the safety stand down even more galvanizing, OSHA has partnered with other organizations. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA-approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council (NSC), the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers are all valuable partners in increasing awareness about fall hazards. This coalition illustrates the extent to which workplace safety exists as an important social and political issue.
Employers that participate in the safety stand down can register for a certificate of participation confirming their support of the event and its benevolent cause. In doing so, a business can convey its genuine appreciation and care for the well being of its staff.
Workforce safety standards are effective in increasing over all job performance and employee morale. Doing so can lead to improved productivity and mitigate the cost of accidents which lead to fines, law suits and expensive maintenance.
Nearly 15 percent of the 2014 safety stand down's participants were not construction businesses. This figure highlights the ubiquitous importance of emphasizing workplace safety.
At Safety Advantage LLC, we understand the importance of providing employees with a safe work environment. We offer a multitude of solutions to combat the unique risks employees face. By implementing the right safety initiatives, a company can mitigate the risk of innate workplace hazards. Personal protection equipment, workforce training courses and other resources are all available so that your enterprise can adhere to the regulations set forth by agencies like OSHA.