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How stand-down events can help keep workers safe

The fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be occurring from May 7 through May 11. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of workplace safety in California and throughout the country. It is a time in which employers and construction workers are encouraged to take a break and discuss any issues that could increase the likelihood of a fall on a job site.

There are a variety of ways in which a discussion about preventing falls can take place. Some employers could choose to hold demonstrations while others will choose to engage in talks. It is also possible that employers will utilize both tools or come up with other ideas. According to NIOSH, falls account for roughly one-third of all deaths of construction workers. This makes it the most common cause of death for someone working in this field.

Stand-down events have taken place in all 50 states and in foreign countries. According to OSHA, 49 percent of those events in 2017 were conducted by companies with fewer than 25 employees. However, all employers are encouraged to hold such events if its workers are at risk for a fall. In addition to talking about how falls occur and how to prevent them, employers are urged to talk more about the impact an accident can have on a company regardless of how big it is.

Those who experience long-term injuries after being hurt on the job could be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Injured workers may be able to pursue a personal injury case if the accident as caused by willful employer negligence or a defective product. Compensation may make it easier to pay medical and other bills while out of work.

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