OSHA Postpones Safety Stand-Down Event Due to COVID-19
According to a recent press release, OSHA has postponed the 7th annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, originally scheduled for May 4-8, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be rescheduled this summer.
Falls remain the leading cause of fatal injuries to workers in the construction industry. While the National Stand-Down is postponed, OSHA encourages employers to remain vigilant and to use all available resources to enhance worker safety. FrameSAFE, NFC’s bilingual safety program, includes a full section on fall protection in its safety manual that is supported by a library of 16 Toolbox Talks as well as jobsite posters and AHA templates.
A free webinar on “Fall prevention & Protection in the Roofing Industry” is scheduled for April 16, 2020. Hosted by The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the one-hour webinar on the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will showcase specific considerations roofing contractors and workers need to take into account when planning, training and executing fall prevention measures, as well as what to do in the even that a fall does occur on your jobsite. Representatives from OSHA and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NCRA) will participate.
For the latest on coronavirus, and for tools and resources to prevent worker exposure, visit the NFC website for a list of resources tailored to the framing industry.