Make Your Stand Down Stand Out To Improve Jobsite Safety

FallSafety Stand Down

The OSHA National Safety Stand Down from May 8-12, 2017 is held to raise awareness of the fall hazards associated with construction work. All across North America, organizations will take time to talk honestly and openly about fall safety. If you’re a trainer or facilitator for a Stand Down event, read on to learn how you can make your Stand Down event even more informative and engaging.

Be prepared

To be effective as a trainer, you must understand the fall hazards associated with construction work. Make sure you review the OSHA site for the valuable information listed there. Consider your audience as well: who are they and what information about fall hazards and prevention are relevant for them? Don’t forget to have backup materials, phone numbers, and websites for those who ask for more information.

Know your time

Since your presentation is likely to be held at an active job site where things need to get done, make sure you’re mindful of your starting time and allotment. Use all of your time–don’t get cut short–and ensure that those in charge understand the information you’re sharing is important. Let them know that you value their work and time as well.

Get everyone involved

The best way to keep people interested is to get them engaged. Whether this means allotting time for a Q&A or a simple call and response, people will appreciate the opportunity to be part of the presentation. However, don’t get carried away–be aware of the limited time you have, and make sure that you stay on track with providing important information.

Make sure you have an audience

A Fall Prevention Stand Down event won’t be effective without people! To ensure the presence of your audience, work with onsite management in the days and weeks leading up to the scheduled Stand Down to advertise the event, and make sure they’ve also planned accordingly. You might pin a flyer on the company message board or take advantage of any online message boards or email groups. In any case, you will need to make sure you’ve done the necessary outreach prior to your arrival.

Be available afterwards

Since you’ll be reviewing a lot of information at the event, make sure you have time to stick around after to answer specific questions. Also, make sure that you are aligned with any safety programs already in place on the jobsite so that people know how to reach you.

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Five Smartphone Safety Apps to Extend #StandDown4Safety Week

FallSafety Safety Apps Stand Down Week
This year’s National Safety Stand Down Week is in the books and we start off a new week mindful of the fact that construction safety is important all 52 weeks of the year. Fatalities caused by construction workers falling from high elevations is the number one cause of death in the construction industry, and as we’ve learned this week, most of these accidents are totally preventable. Here are five smartphone apps that can help reinforce the safety message all year long…

National Safety Stand Down Official App

You may have been using this app all week and there is no reason to stop now. Chock-full of resources including toolbox talks, guides and videos, the official app of #StandDown4Safety is a comprehensive repository for valuable information designed to raise awareness and help reduce or eliminate falls in the workplace. iPhone and iPad National Safety Stand-Down App  Android National Safety Stand-Down App

Harness Hero

Safety professionals from all facets of the construction industry came together to develop this fun mobile game that tests a player’s skills in using a fall arrest system. In every part of Harness Hero, the player must choose where to place an anchor, what type of device to use for it, how to fasten a harness, etc. In this game, the user must also run a thorough inspection on the equipment, looking for rips, burns, rust, and possible areas of malfunction. The true test at the end is when the player falls – and you see the security of your system through the outcome of a rescue, injury, fatality, or walking away unscathed. iPhone and iPad Harness Hero Game  Android Harness Hero Game

FallSafety

We aren’t normally ones to toot our own horn, but we built FallSafety Pro as a solution first and a business second. We are passionate about jobsite safety and we believe that shows when you use our app. FallSafety Pro monitors for falls using the sensors built into your iPhone or Android phone. After a fall is detected, an alarm sounds and the worker has 45 seconds to signal they are ok before emergency contacts are alerted by phone, text and email (including a link to a map with the exact location of the worker). FallSafety Pro for iPhone  FallSafety Pro for Android

Safety Meeting

Your safety meetings are important and this app is designed to efficiently track meetings, incidents, employee attendance, and more. Users of the app have the ability to track accidents, incidents, and close calls & print them via PDF format. Safety meetings are date stamped and attendance can be marked and attendance confirmed by using your camera. iPhone and iPad Safety Meeting App  Android Safety Meeting App

NIOSH Ladder Safety

This slick safety app concentrates on proper ladder usage. Its smart, multimodal indicator uses sound, visual, and vibrations to help the person position the ladder at a perfect angle. The interactive reference guidelines, checklists and other materials even assist with extension and stepladder inspection and use. iPhone and iPad Ladder Safety App  Android Ladder Safety App

BONUS APP

Your Smartphone’s Camera

Using your smartphone’s camera can be pretty useful in documenting job sites where safety procedures are being practiced well and/or areas that can be improved. Being able to visually show employees in a recap meeting what is going on can boost your team’s morale and help with mitigating risks…hopefully leading to less accidents!