NRCA is supporting the sixth annual OSHA National Safety Stand-Down May 6-10 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls in the construction industry. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 384 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016 (Bureau of Labor Statistics data). Falls accounted for 92 of 115 fatalities in the roofing industry. Fall-protection safety standards, including rules related to scaffolds and ladders, accounted for five of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations during the period from October 2016 to September 2017.
In addition to encouraging contractors to hold stand-down events at their shops and share pictures of these events, NRCA's enterprise risk management staff members Tom Shanahan, Harry Dietz and Rich Trewyn are hosting three webinars during the week. Once you participate in a National Safety Stand-Down event, be sure to visit OSHA's stand-down page so you can provide feedback and download a Certificate of Participation.