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    OSHA National - Fall Protection - Safety Stand-Down

    OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, June 2-6, 2014

    National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction The CCIA Safety Committee is asking all members to participate by conducting Fall Hazard training at some point during the OSHA National Safety Stand-Down Week, June 2-6, 2014, and report the number of employees trained to CCIA - [http://www.ctconstruction.org/i4a/forms/index.cfm?id=27] on the CCIA website by Friday, June 13, 2014 please.

    The purpose of this National Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction which continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers.

    OSHA’s nationwide goal is to have over 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers to hold a Stand Down, and by holding an on-site training event, you can help us in Connecticut contribute toward achieving that important milestone. Once we receive all of our members’ responses on the number of employees they have trained, we will report the aggregate amount of employees trained to OSHA as CCIA’s contribution to the effort.


    What is a Safety Stand-Down?

    A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about Fall Hazards and to reinforce the importance of Fall Protection.

    Construction companies conduct a Safety Stand-Down by stopping work and providing a focused toolbox talk on a safety topics such as ladder safety, fall protection equipment, or scaffolds safety. The meeting provides information about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals, and expectations. Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime next week.

    Stand Down Website

    For help, please follow the link to OSHA’s National Safety Stand Down website: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/resources.html

    While you will find many useful tips on how to conduct a training event on the site, let me summarize some suggestions on how to prepare.

    1. Try to start early.
    2. Think about asking your subcontractors, owner, architect, engineers, and others to participate.
    3. Develop presentations or activities that will meet your needs.
    4. Decide when to hold the stand-down and how long it will last.
    5. Promote the stand-down.
    6. Hold your stand-down.
    7. Follow-up.

    Thank you very much for your participation, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact CCIA - ccia-info@ctconstruction.org.