National Fall Prevention Stand-Down Week Is June 2-6By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on June 3, 2014 | In Workplace Injury
In conjunction with National Safety Month this June, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) is encouraging employers to participate in National Fall Prevention Stand-Down Week — a voluntary event that gives employers the opportunity to talk directly to employees about fall hazards and safety procedures.
This year, DOL chose “Fall Hazards” as the theme because the leading cause of death among construction workers in the United States continues to be falls from elevation. In 2012, 269 of the 775 construction fatalities reported nationwide were attributed to falls. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that deaths from falls among construction workers actually rose from 2011 to 2012. Those deaths were entirely preventable.
DOL’s stated goal during this week is to have over 25,000 employers and 500,000 workers hold a stand-down to assess workplace safety procedures and standards. If that goal is met, almost 1 out of every 10 construction workers in the country will have participated in the Stand-down.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has partnered with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, The Center for Construction Research and Training and the American Society of Safety Engineers, among others, to help employers and employees prepare for a successful event.
Employers who participate and provide feedback about their Stand-down will receive a Certificate of Participation signed by the Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez.
The Kenton Koszdin Law Office urges all employers to participate in National Fall Prevention Stand-Down week. Too many workers are needlessly killed or injured on the job because simple safety procedures have not been followed. If you have been injured in a workplace fall, or if you have lost a loved one in a fall, you are entitled to workers’ compensation or workers’ compensation survivor benefits. When your family needs help and guidance, it makes sense to seek out one of our knowledgeable worker’s compensation attorneys. Please call us toll-free at (800) 438-7734 to talk about your legal rights. Your case review is always free.