Federal Manager's Daily Report

The Labor Department is encouraging federal agencies, among other employers, to focus this week on preventing falls, one of the most common types of injury in the workplace.

It recommends conducting stand-downs this week “for topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention. The stand-downs should also provide an opportunity for employers and their workers to talk about hazards, protective methods and safety policies, goals and expectations. The length of a stand-down is up to the employer,” said an announcement.

It said that lack of proper fall protections is the workplace hazard most frequently cited by OSHA inspectors, adding that falls from elevation for accounted 350 of the 937 construction fatalities in 2015.

Further information is on the OSHA site.