2020 OSHA Falls Stand-Down & Construction Safety Week

The OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. The stand-down is being held in conjunction with Construction Safety Week, September 14 - 18, an annual event in which people, companies, and even competitors, work together and celebrate the incredibly hard work by people in our industry who make safety the foundation of everything they do. AGC is a proud supporter of both events and below you will find some additional events to add to your safety week schedule. 

WebEd: OSHA/AGC National Falls Stand-Down Kick-Off Event

September 14, 2020 | 3:00pm to 4:00pm Eastern | FREE | View Recording | Download Slides
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. Join representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) to kick-off the 2020 National Safety Stand-Down to prevent Falls in construction. During the session, you will hear remarks from the leaders of  OSHA and AGC highlighting the importance of preventing falls in construction as well as contractor members who have taking an innovative approach to raising awareness about the dangers associated with falls in construction.
Loren SweattPrincipal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
Scott C. Ketcham, CSP, Director, Directorate of Construction, OSHA, U.S. DOL
Steve SandherrCEO, The Associated General Contractors of America
Mike GreenawaltCEO, Rosendin Electric
Kevin Cannon, CSP, Senior Director, Safety & Health Services, The Associated General Contractors of America


WebEd: Fall Protection Compliance

September 16, 2020 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern | FREE | View Recording | Download Slides

This presentation will cover how to work safely at heights, meet OSHA regulations and prevent the leading cause of death in the construction industry. We will also review the application of various fall arrest systems and how to apply them to ensure our workers can return home safely.


Evan Fee, CSP, QSSP
Regional Training and Compliance Instructor
OSHA Outreach Instructor
American Heart Association Faculty
Cintas Corporation | First Aid and Safety Division


Online Course: 100% Fall Protection

United Rentals | $24 before September 19 | REGISTRATION INFORMATION

100% Fall Protection is an intermediate on-line course designed to teach you the basic guidelines and methods of fall protection safety. We will review fall hazards, fall hazard evaluation and fall hazard controls that are critical to health and safety in construction. In addition, this course covers construction safety according to OSHA and ANSI standards.

This fall protection course focuses on fall injuries and fatalities and the definition of 100% fall protection. You will be taught the six steps of the fall protection program and how you can make the program work at your construction site. Additionally, the course covers ways to recognize, evaluate, control and eliminate fall hazards at the job site.

This on-line fall safety course will help construction workers and employees who are responsible for following OSHA and ANSI safety regulations. More specifically, this course is designed for: Construction Supervisors, Construction Managers, and Safety Officers.

Click here for instructions on accessing this course. 


Fastenal Construction Training Portal


Fastenal has partnered with trusted strategic suppliers to bring you the best Construction Safety training. Addressing some of OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations in the construction industry. Register for trainings and take part in remote learning by visiting their virtual platform. Click here for more information.


MSA: Safety Stand-Down Virtual Sessions


MSA is offering FREE virtual sessions throughout the week of Safety Stand-Down. Register for one, two, or all three to experience safety training no matter where you are located.


Rosendin Labs: Fall Prevention & Testing the Human Limits

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Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and to shed light on this danger, Rosendin created a video that simulates what would happen to the human body if a person were to fall from a height of 12 and 20 feet. Using ballistic dummies that are 95 percent direct recreations of the human body, the Rosendin team got real results, on camera, while in a controlled setting. A medical doctor provided an on-site analysis of the injuries sustained immediately after each fall, including the possible cause(s) of death. A mock autopsy was performed on each dummy to discover any internal damage to the body.

Partnering with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for injury prevention, Rosendin encourages other companies to help in the effort to prevent injuries from a fall. The video showcases fall hazards unique to the workplace, along with hazard elimination and minimization through the use of proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Statistical analysis of the force of a fall are seen throughout to show how a fall affects the human body, and ways to ensure that our workers keep themselves safe on a project site. Every company faces dangers unique to their industry, and every individual becomes part of the solution to preventing injuries. 

Rosendin's goal is to educate all who watch the video on the importance of proper fall protection and prevent severe injuries and/or death. In just a matter of seconds, a person's life can change. This reenactment is more than a construction industry awareness video, but a general public service announcement on the risks of falls, and how to prevent them. If one person takes a few seconds to double-check their PPE because of this video, we accomplish our goal. 

“Please share this video with individuals, organizations, and companies across all industries. OSHA is just one agency whose purpose is to protect employees from injury; there are many other companies and industry organizations that help in injury prevention awareness. Join our efforts with OSHA to keep employees educated and safe so they can, in turn, help their peers and families stay safe. We believe that together, we can make a difference.”


Fires on Roofs

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Earlier this year, the AGC Department of Defense Subcommittee along with representative from NAVFAC and USACE identified Fires on Roofs as a focus topic for stand-downs, based on the number of roof fires on government installations. The subcommittee acquired information from the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) in their effort to get the word out and do their part in raising awareness on this serious situation. They have also included some information on fall prevention and COVID-19.

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