The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is actively supporting the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down being held in the USA, 2-6 June.

The campaign promotes greater awareness among construction industry employers and workers about the seriousness of fall hazards.

The stand-down is part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) ongoing Fall Prevention Campaign, launched in 2012 and developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). AEM is a member of the Construction Sector Council of NORA, an initiative of the NIOSH.

In 2013, nearly 2500 employers and over 50000 workers took part in regional stand-downs that were held across the US. This year, the goal is to involve 25000 employers and 500000 workers.

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, accounting for 269 of 775 total fatalities in 2012, according to OSHA.

AEM is active in many organisations, coalitions and programs advancing safety and also produces an extensive series of safety manuals, videos and related safety training materials that promote safety awareness in cost-effective, easy-to-follow formats.

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