CONSTRUCTION SAFETY AND HEALTH

Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction

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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

2019 Stopfalls poster

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.

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OSHA Protecting NYC Workers from Falls

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Protecting Our Workers – A Business Perspective

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KY FACE Protecting Our Workers

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National Safety Stand Down 2018

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The NIOSH FACE Program: A Five Year Look-Back

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Fall protection allows his men to go home at the end of the day

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This safety officer thinks fall protection is achievable

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Las Caídas Cuestan; La Historia de un “Safety Man”

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The owner of a residential framing company designs safety into each of his job sites

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A construction framer talks about protecting his crew from falls

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Trabajador de la construcción se protege de las caídas de techo

Campaign Messages

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

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  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.
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Page last reviewed: March 28, 2018