Falls are the leading cause of workplace injury and death in the construction industry. In fact, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) estimates more than 200 construction workers die from falls each year in the United States. And, more than 10,000 others are injured. Preventing these injuries and deaths is the motivation behind the 8th annual National Safety Stand-Down.

Happening May 3-7, 2021, the Stand-Down provides you an opportunity to pause work and gather your employees for a conversation about how to prevent falls. You can talk about the hazards that exist at your workplace, your methods of protection, and your safety policies and processes.

What’s new in 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be looking for a way to conduct your stand-downs while maintaining physical distancing. One way to do this is to conduct your training virtually, using Zoom, WebEx, or other platform. You can hold online meetings at the start of the day before employees leave home or you can spread out around the worksite to participate.

CPWR is offering a series of videos and on demand webinars you can share during your meeting. The webinars include Q&A sessions that can help you start a discussion with your employees on preventing falls at your workplace.

Your stand-down can be an effective training tool for your employees. You'll need to pull them off the job for a short time each day during the Stand-Down, but the information you discuss goes a long way toward maintaining a safe workplace.