Safety Industry News

Construction Safety Week and OSHA Partner to Create Largest Industry-Wide Stand-Down

Construction safety is in everyone’s interest. With more than 10 million people employed in the construction industry according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, everyone seems to know someone or many who put on work boots, a safety helmet and other protective equipment each day. Falls from elevation remain a top cause of death for construction workers, constituting more than one-third of all recorded construction fatalities in 2022 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. 

This year, in a continued effort to raise fall hazard awareness across the country and stop fall fatalities and injuries, OSHA will host its 11th National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

In celebration of Construction Safety Week, an annual, weeklong industry-wide initiative focused on safety and now in its 10th year, and as an extension of Safety Week’s mission to “together, build a stronger, safer industry”, Safety Week and OSHA are partnering in an effort to pause work sites throughout the U.S. on May 8 to create the largest industry-wide construction stand down ever held. If you cannot participate on May 8, we invite you to stand down with us any time during the week of May 6-10.

Join us and thousands of your peers across the industry to demonstrate your support for preventing injuries and fatalities in construction on Wednesday, May 8. Access and utilize OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down Resources, as well as materials found on Construction Safety Week’s planning page, to demonstrate your support.

We must work together to prevent and eliminate hazards in our work.  Every voice on our site that shares a safety suggestion or concern deserves to be heard and valued. Every construction worker deserves to leave our site at the end of the day in the same, or better shape, than they arrived.  And every friend and family member of the people on our sites has the right to trust that employers are looking out for the safety and health of their loved one.  Demonstrate to your team members that you believe this to be true.

Help us raise awareness across the industry as to how we can prevent fatal falls and serious injuries. Stand-Down with us on May 8 and be part of this national effort to build a stronger and safer industry together. If you are unable to be part of this industry-wide effort that day, we encourage you to utilize OSHA’s Fall Protection Stand Down and Construction Safety Week’s resources anytime during the week of May 6-10 to support safety on your site. 

Thank you in advance for joining us in this first-ever partnership between OSHA and Construction Safety Week!