The event is a national effort to remind both employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls, the U.S. Department of Labor said. Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers (337 of the 874 construction deaths in 2014 were from falls). Officials hope employers will pause during the work day for discussions, demonstrations and training on how to prevent falls. More than four million workers participated in the Stand-Downs in 2014 and 2015. The Occupational Safety and Health administration has developed a website with information on conducting a successful program. The Stand Down is part of OSHA's fall prevention campaign, which was launched in 2012. “In many workplaces, falls are a real and persistent hazard," said Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. "Given the nature of the work, the construction industry sees the highest frequency of fall-related deaths and serious, sometimes debilitating injuries.” OSHA says it hopes to reach 5 million workers this year, double last year's total.
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