On Tuesday, May 3rd, work in Washington D.C. will come to a halt. No, it won’t be the usual partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill. The work stoppage in question will take place at the construction site of the MGM National Harbor Resort and will be part of OSHA’s third annual National Safety Stand-Down.
From May 2 to 6, employers in the construction industry are encouraged to pause during the workday and engage workers in discussions, demonstrations, and training on how to recognize hazards and prevent falls. The event is part of OSHA’s effort to remind and educate construction employers and workers of the serious dangers of falls, which remain the leading cause of death in the industry.
If you want to participate but haven’t had a chance to prepare yet, a visit to OSHA’s Stand-Down webpage will help you learn how to participate as an employer or find an event in your area. All attendees will be eligible to receive a certificate of participation.
The Stand Down event at the MGM National Harbor Resort is one of two planned for the D.C. area. On May 5, local construction companies and associations will host a stand-down event at The Fairgrounds at the Nationals baseball stadium that will include vendor exhibits, safety demonstrations and other interactive events.
In addition, OSHA Training Institute Education Centers will offer free fall protection training courses across the country.