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Fall Stand Down 2020

7th annual National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls (NSSD) Campaign  September 14-18 2020


This nationwide event provides employers and workers the opportunity to talk about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety and health programs, goals, and expectations. 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). Those deaths were preventable. The NSSD raises fall hazard awareness across the country and is a joint effort between OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training.

To make this the most successful NSSD ever, we are providing you with detailed information about the event and how to participate. The attachments listed in the next section include  resources to help you train employees, plan your own event, or be part of another event. 

Participating in the NSSD can help get your fall safety program started, energize an existing program, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes. Last year, thousands of worksites participated in the campaign and the Stand-Down event reached over a million workers. Whether you host your own event or participate in another, you can be recognized and receive a certificate of participation on OSHA’s website.


Resources that may be of use to you during the fall stand down:

  • CPWR has both an English and Spanish version of a generic written fall protection plan template available on 

  • A contractor section developed by the NORA Falls Work Group in conjunction with the postcard pilot project in both English and Spanish 

  • A short recorded podcast can be streamed from

  • NIOSH September eNews – Dr. Howard’s Director’s Desk on the Stand-Down/Campaign 

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction 

(September 14-18, 2020): The National Safety Stand

NSSD raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. Stand-down events provide employers and workers with a chance to talk about hazards, protective methods, and the compa- ny’s safety and health programs, goals, and expectations. Events occurring this week include:

  • Sept 14, 1:00 EST Official Stand-Down Kickoff with OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR (register)

  • Sept 14, 3:00 EST AGC Stand-Down Webinar (register)

  • Sept 15, 2:00 EST NECA Stand-Down Webinar (register)

  • Sept 17, 2:30 EST NIOSH Webinar—Investigating Fall Fatalities: Prevention Efforts (register)

  • Sept 18, 12:00 EST NIOSH Webinar—Investigating Fall Fatalities: Lessons Learned and Tools (register)

  • Available Now CPWR Podcast—7th Annual Safety Stand-Down Event (click here) National Roofing Contractors Webinar Series:

  • Sept. 15, Noon – 12:30 CST Ladder use, guardrails, and warning lines (register)

  • Sept. 16, Noon – 12:30 CST Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) (register)

  • Sept. 17, Noon – 12:30 CST Rescue Techniques and Suspension Trauma (register)

Thursday, September 17th at 2:30pm ET (45 mins) -- Investigating Fall Fatalities and Injury Claims on Prevention Efforts

The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program investigates fatalities that occur on the job and provides the public with full access to these investigations. The FACE program targets deaths associated with falls in construction. This webinar will explore the characteristics of workers and employers who have been involved in fatal construction falls and the impact injury claims can have on small construction leaders’ participation in fall prevention efforts. The webinar will close with a presentation on how the Michigan FACE program uses fatality tracking and outreach to prevent falls in its state.


  • Characteristics of Workers and Employers Involved in Construction Falls

    Dr. Todd Schoonover, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, SHARP Program [Washington FACE]

  • Does Experiencing an Injury Claim Impact Small Construction Company Leaders’ Participation in a Fall Protection Survey?

    Dr. David Hurtado, Oregon Health & Science University [Oregon FACE]

  • Fatal Construction Falls in Michigan: Tracking and Outreach for Prevention

    Dr. Anthony Oliveri, Michigan State University, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine [Michigan FACE]

Click here to register and submit questions for our panelists

Friday, September 18that 12pm ET (45 mins)-- Investigating Fall Fatalities: Lessons Learned and Tools for Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers, accounting for about 1 out of 3 construction fatalities. Among the most affected are Hispanics and roofers. We can learn a lot about preventing fatal falls by understanding more about the circumstances surrounding these tragic events. This webinar will share the results of two fatality investigations, one involving a Hispanic roofer in North Carolina and the other a gutter installer in Kentucky. The webinar will close with a discussion on a NIOSH tool that can be used to prevent falls, a daily inspection tool for a mast climbing work platform.


  • Hispanic Worker Falls from Residential Roof in North Carolina

    Jennifer E. Lincoln, NIOSH FACE Program, Surveillance and Field Investigations Branch, Division of Safety Research

  • Gutter Installer Dies After Falling from Roof

    Michael Turner , Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center [Kentucky FACE]

  • Mast Climbing Work Platform Daily Inspection Walkthrough Tool
    LT Bryan Wimer- NIOSH, Division of Safety Research

Click here to register and submit questions for our panelists

For compliance assistance in REGION VIII - 

John Olaechea, CIH, CSP

Compliance Assistance Specialist

OSHA – Region VIII

1244 Speer Blvd.

Suite 551

Denver, CO 80204-3516