OSHA Updates Fall Prevention Program
WASHINGTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector Council have announced the re-launch of its construction fall prevention campaign.
According to OSHA, the 2012 campaign reached hundreds of thousands of workers, and the three campaign websites received more than half a million page views this past year. Campaign partners and stakeholders also spread the campaign’s message to thousands of construction workers and employers through e-mail blasts, radio and television broadcasts, webinars, publications, trainings and outreach events. Still, falls continue to be the most fatal hazard in the construction industry, accounting for almost one in every three construction worker deaths in this country. The construction fall prevention campaign raises awareness about fall hazards by providing information that employers and workers can use to prevent injury and death.
The campaign materials include posters, factsheets, safety videos, stickers, public service announcements and web materials. For 2013, the campaign fact sheets are available in English, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Russian. New campaign materials for 2013 include a bilingual English-Spanish booklet on ladder safety, developed in partnership with the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Council and Ministry of Manpower. This booklet is OSHA’s first-ever e-publication, meaning that it can be read not only on a desktop computer but also on any smartphone or mobile device using a free e-reader.
In the coming months, OSHA plans to launch a new smartphone-accessible version of the construction fall campaign webpage with resources that are easy to read on a mobile device. Soon NIOSH will provide on its webpage alternative versions of the campaign poster in English and Spanish, and spot-the-hazard worksheets. The Center for Construction Research and Training website contains additional fall prevention information and materials, and allows stakeholders to share their own campaign success stories.