“While small construction firms are particularly hard hit, we encourage all leaders in the construction industry to make fall prevention and the safety of construction workers their highest priority,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Addressing fall prevention saves lives, not only during the National Safety Stand-Down, but every day all year long.”

The National Safety Stand-Downexternal icon is a combined effort led by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training. Now in its sixth year, the Stand-Down is a voluntary event that encourages employers to talk directly to employees about safety.

Any workplace can hold stand-down events by taking a break from work to focus on job hazards and protective measures and use the multitude of resources available to themexternal icon to raise awareness. These resourcesexternal icon include tool-box talks, guides, training, posters, infographics and videos, and hard hat stickersexternal icon, hazard alert cards, and the NIOSH ladder safety app and aerial lift simulator.