CONSTRUCTION SAFETY AND HEALTH
Falls are the number one cause of construction-worker fatalities, accounting for one-third of on-the-job deaths in the industry. On April 26, 2012, NIOSH, OSHA, and CPWR–The Center for Construction Research and Training together launched a National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. The Campaign seeks to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls can be prevented.
Join the campaign and take part in the 2019 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction: May 6-10, 2019External
- CPWR-OSHA-NIOSH Webinar on National Fall Prevention Campaign and 2019 Stand-Down (slidesCdc-pdfExternal, video)
- “Order your free 2019 Stand-Down hard hat stickers and fall-related Hazard Alert Cards hereExternal“
- Download the 2019 Stand-Down poster (EnglishCdc-pdf and SpanishCdc-pdf)
Each year, starting in 2016, as part of the National Campaign to Prevent Construction Falls, NIOSH, and CPWR work together to develop a new series of infographics both in English and Spanish. View and download the infographics as PDFs or JPEGs for use in social media, presentations, and print materials.
A variety of campaign materials are available (in Spanish and English) to raise awareness about construction falls and to provide practical information about fall prevention on the Campaign websiteExternal. These include Stand-Down planning tools, fact sheets, infographics, training materials (including toolbox talks), videos, hazard alert cards, and more.
Watch our playlist of videos that gives insight into fall safety in the construction industry through many perspectives, from federal programs, to owners, to safety professionals, to workers. In March 2019, NIOSH expanded its video series to include OSHA: Protecting NYC Workers from FallsExternal, Protecting Our Workers – A Business PerspectiveExternal, and Kentucky FACE State Program – Protecting Our WorkersExternal.
The Campaign uses a variety of strategies to reach key construction audiences with three main messages:
- Contractors and workers can plan together, before every job, to work safely at heights.
- Contractors must provide the right equipment for working at heights, and workers need to use that equipment.
- Contractors and workers need to be trained to use the equipment and to work safely.
- To become a Campaign partner and/or access materials and resources, visit our main Campaign siteExternal
- To get information on the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in ConstructionExternal
- To see NIOSH Press Release on the 2018 Stand-Down
- For information on NIOSH falls-related research (including the NIOSH ladder safety app)
- To get more information from OSHAExternal on preventing falls in construction
- NIOSH FACE (Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation) Program: Search “Residential Construction Falls” or “Commercial Construction Falls” to see factors that led to those fatal injuries and recommendation for preventing similar deaths.
- 2018 NIOSH Science Blog 5th Annual National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
- 2018 NIOSH Research Rounds (April) “Falls Persistent Cause of Work-related Death“
- 2017 NIOSH Science Blog “The National Safety Stand-Down: Why Falls Remain a Deadly Problem in the Construction Sector and What We Can Do About It“
- 2017 MMWR Workers Memorial Day Edition National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction — United States
- 2016 NIOSH Science Blog “Standing–Down to Prevent Falls in Construction”
- 2016 MMWR special Workers’ Memorial Day Edition National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction — United States, 2016
- 2015 NIOSH Science Blog “The Stand-Down Is On! Join the National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction”
- 2015 MMWR special Workers’ Memorial Day Edition National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction — United States, 2015
- 2014 MMWR special Worker’s Memorial Day Edition – National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction — United States, 2014
- Listen to a 2012 interview on the campaign launch featuring Dr. Christine Branche, Principle Associate Director of NIOSH and Director, Office of Construction Safety and Health, CDC and Pete Stafford, the former Executive Director of CPWR–The Center for Construction Research and Training, who jointly led the creation of this program and campaign. (View a transcript of the interviewCdc-pdf)
- Occupational Ladder Fall Injuries — United States, 2011