Worker at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge project in Washington D.C. Luiza Carson photo.

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA is supporting the 6th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, May 6-10. The event is designed to raise fall hazard awareness across the country and is an important step toward achieving our goal of zero safety incidents.

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees.  These deaths were preventable.

“During the week, employers will take special ‘time outs’ to discuss safety specific to fall hazards,” said ARTBA Director Safety & Certification Katie Chimelewski. “The goal is to raise awareness and remind employees about the importance of training and communication on this issue. Becoming complacent and rushing through a job briefing can lead to a hazardous work environment. Taking the “time out” to train, listen and comply saves lives.

ARTBA has compiled a list of safety stand-down resources at its Transportation Construction Safety Center website.

Chimelewski said the event is also a great time for employees to focus on their safety training and certification goals. Those plans could include enrolling in the industry’s ANSI accredited Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ (SCTPP).

SCTPP is designed to educate the thousands of workers, supervisors, planners, inspectors, foremen and equipment operators that can make a huge industry-wide impact by learning core competencies necessary to identify and mitigate potentially life-threatening on-site risks.

For more information on the certification, visit puttingsafetyfirst.org.