The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the United Union of Roofers (UUR) are among those supporting OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that 69 roofers died from workplace falls in 2014.

“Those numbers reflect 69 families that have been changed forever by the loss of a loved one―a spouse, father, mother, son or daughter whose death has left a void in the hearts of family and friends,” according to a joint statement by William Good, CEO of the NRCA, and Kinsey M. Robinson, International President of the UUR.

During this  week’s Stand-Down, construction industry employers are asked to take a break during the work day  to focus to focus company and worker attention on the significance of fall hazards in construction and emphasize the importance of effectively implementing fall-protection systems on every project.

“NRCA and UURWAW encourage their members and all involved in the roofing industry to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down by delivering focused fall-protection awareness toolbox talks at the start of each day during that week and throughout the year.”

NRCA’s Toolbox Talks regarding personal fall-arrest systems, skylight and roof openings, warning-line systems and ladder safety can be found at

Special materials developed by UURWAW about fall protection can be accessed on