Falls from height continue to be a leading cause of death for employees in construction and other industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). To remind and educate workers about the dangers from falls and dropped tools, 3M Fall Protection is participating in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s National Safety Stand-Down May 8-12, 2017.

During the OSHA Stand-Down, 3M will support customers throughout the United States with demonstrations and trainings at participating construction sites that will emphasize the importance of fall protection for workers and protecting the workers around them with fall protection for tools. 3M has created a white paper to address falls and dropped objects, and how safety managers can protect workers found online at www.go.3M.com/FPSafety.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are an estimated 18 injuries caused by dropped objects every hour in the United States. To combat this, 3M is emphasizing the need to incorporate fall protection for tools in every fall protection plan,” said Ray Mann, technical services manager for 3M Fall Protection. “Although safely working at height depends on effective inspection of all fall protection equipment before and after use, we also see the annual observance of the Safety Stand-Down as a good time to remind users of fall protection to inspect and replace their equipment.”

To help safety managers stay compliant with regulations, audit-ready and data savvy on safety equipment inspections and training, 3M offers the 3M Inspection & Asset Management (IAM) System, a safety-focused and cloud-based software that is accessible both on and off the jobsite. With the system, occupational health and safety managers can assign and manage PPE and other equipment, record employee training information, automate notifications of recurring tasks, receive select compliance metrics in real time and manage the diverse safety needs of their entire operation.

3M also offers comprehensive checklists to help inspect equipment, including full-body harnesses, lanyards, and self-retracting lifelines. If equipment looks worn, workers and safety managers can trade in their old fall protection equipment and receive cash rebates when they purchase qualifying 3M Fall Protection equipment with the 3M Fall Protection Trade-in, Trade-up program.

Learn more about 3M Fall Protection’s involvement with OSHA Stand-Down and its Trade-In, Trade-Up program.