National Safety Stand Down – Prevent Falls in Construction

Just a reminder that the national safety stand-down for fall protection is next week, September 14 – 18. Falls in construction have resulted in at least three fatalities in Michigan, and over 140 nationally in 2020.

Since 2017, MIOSHA has had a State Emphasis Program on Fall Prevention, commonly referred to as the Stop Falls. Save Lives. campaign. Both general and construction industries have experienced incidents involving falls that could have been prevented. As compliance officers are performing inspections, they continually look for fall protection issues and how the employer is protecting their employees in these scenarios.

MIOSHA plans on having a live Q&A virtual session during the week of the National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in the Construction Industry. Panelists will be from all over the construction Industry, including MITA.

Resources about fall protection can be found on the MIOSHA Stop Falls. Save Lives. website. MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division has several resources that can be used to assist with your needs for health and safety. Please visit the CET website. MITA is also always ready to assist with this issue via job site inspections, training or safety information.

Federal OSHA has several resources available at their website for the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction: