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Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction

This national campaign to prevent construction-worker falls was launched on April 26, 2012. The Campaign encourages everyone in the construction industry to work safely and use the right equipment to reduce falls.  Special emphasis and activity will focus on residential construction contractors and workers.


  • Falls are the number one cause of construction-worker fatalities, accounting for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry.1 To turn this problem around, we need to promote the use of fall prevention practices by contractors and construction workers.

The Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction grew out of multi-stakeholder discussions under the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) program. The NORA Construction Sector Council, a government-labor-management partnership, conceived the Campaign to reduce falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds.

Listen to an interview on the campaign featuring Dr. Christine Branche, Principle Associate Director of NIOSH and Director, Office of Construction Safety and Health, CDC and Pete Stafford, the Executive Director of CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training, who jointly led the creation of this program and campaign. (For a transcript of the interview, click here)

Campaign Messages

The Campaign uses a variety of strategies to reach key construction audiences with three main messages:

  1. Contractors and workers can plan together, before every job, to work safely at heights.
  2. Contractors must provide the right equipment for working at heights, and workers need to use that equipment.
  3. Contractors and workers need to be trained to use the equipment and to work safely. 

A variety of campaign materials are available to raise awareness about construction falls and to provide practical information about fall prevention. These will include posters, fact sheets, training materials, stickers, and more. New materials will be released on a regular basis over the course of the campaign. 

Materials and resources are available on the Campaign website,, hosted by CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training (the NIOSH-funded National Construction Center). Now in Spanish! Check back often to see what’s new!

For More Information

To become a Campaign partner, visit our main Campaign site:

For information on NIOSH falls-related research (including the NIOSH ladder safety app):

To get more information from OSHA on preventing falls in construction, and order materials:

To get information on the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction:

New on NIOSH FACE (Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program): Search Residential and Commercial Construction Falls. For all FACE reports please see:

National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction — United States, 2014

Occupational Ladder Fall Injuries — United States, 2011


  1. BLS CFOI 2003-2009