|Not only is it Construction Safety Week, it’s also National Safety Stand-Down Week. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event an employer can host to speak with employees about safety and fall prevention.|
Published On: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
AUTHORED BY: JOEL LIZOTTE, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EPIC MANAGEMENT INC.
Not only is it Construction Safety Week, it’s also National Safety Stand-Down Week. A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event an employer can host to speak with employees about safety and fall prevention.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 39% of construction site injuries are the result of a fall. As a high hazard industry, construction workers need to be trained on proper set-up and how to safely use equipment on the job. Taking a break to have a “toolbox talk” is a great way to start a conversation about prevention.
Here are a few tips that can help you successfully prepare for a stand-down:
- Start Early: Designate a coordinator to organize the stand-down and coordinate the event
- Include Everyone: Contractors, subcontractors, owners and anyone else associated with your project should be included
- Review Your Fall Prevention Program: Review what needs improvement, what equipment your employees use and what future training you can provide employees
- Develop Presentations or Activities: The meeting should be informative and engaging. Hands-on exercises keep everyone involved and increases retention
- Follow Up: Take the feedback you receive from the stand-down and consider what changes could improve your existing fall prevention program
Companies like Epic Management not only support holding a stand-down, but have also built their business around safety. This is best represented in their guiding principle, “Safely is truly the only way we work.”
“Our Safety Program is proactive and action-oriented; everyone from management to trades people is involved in making a zero-incident workplace a reality,” said Joel Lizotte, Senior Vice President of Epic Management, Inc. “Supervisors receive training in the OSHA 30-Hour Construction Outreach Program, as well as Fall Protection, Scaffold Erection, First Aid, CPR, and other related safety topics.”
Epic Management is a recipient of the OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Participant Award and the Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Awards Program.