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OSHA National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

NFC Supports Safety Stand-Down: May 6-10, 2019

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017. Those deaths were preventable. OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

What Is a Safety Stand-Down?

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. This Stand-Down focuses on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention."

Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by 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 the week of May 6-10. A Stand-Down could be as simple as a 15-minute toolbox talk or several hours of training over the course of the week. (Get some ideas.)

The Stand-Down is free and you do not have to register to participate. Simply hold a Stand-Down with your employees during the week of May 6-10. Then tell OSHA about your Stand-Down and download a certificate of participation after your Stand-Down event. 

Winner of Stand-Down photo contestPhoto Contest

To add some fun to this year's festivities, NFC’s marketing committee introduced some friendly competition. Ian Andrews' crew at Carpentry Contractors Company in Montrose, MN donned their NFC t-shirts and got creative during OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down, winning the Yeti cooler. Read more about this year's contest winner and why they participate in the Stand-Down!

Many thanks to our contest Sponsors: 

  • GOLD: Snavely Forest Products/Typar, Trussway Manufacturing
  • SILVER: FastenMaster
  • BRONZE: Advanced Contractors Supply LLC, Lumbermen Associates, QuickTie Products Inc., Shelter Systems Limited


If you are looking for ideas for your company's Stand-Down, consider the following:

Past Stand-Downs

Read about NFC participation in the 2018 Stand-Down:

NFC members participating in the 2017 Stand-Down took the opportunity to reinforce fall protection safety with their employees using straightforward training materials from the FrameSAFE safety program:

All-Tech Inc. (Monroe Township, NJ)

All-Tech OSHA Stand-Down meeting

Hull Associates, LLC (Grand Prairie, TX)

Hull OSHA Stand-Down meeting

Modu-Tech (Baltimore, MD)

ModuTEch OSHA Stand-Down meetings

If you took a photo of your group during the 2017 Stand-Down, please email it to NFC staff so we can include it here.



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