One Airman or Guardian lost to a fall mishap is one too many. Since 2011, there have been 19 on- and off-duty fall fatalities in the Department of the Air Force. This loss of life is unacceptable and that's one of the many reasons we are passionate about fall prevention. We encourage you to take steps not just for the stand-down, May 3-7, but year-round to integrate fall prevention and awareness efforts in your work areas and at home. “Make a Difference in Fall Prevention!”
Fall Prevention Focus is something we can all participate in,
whether we are at work or at home during the COVID-19 pandemic!
Fall Prevention Focus is a time period each year that the Department of the Air Force and Occupational Safety and Health Administration partner in the National Safety Stand-Down to highlight reducing slips, trips and falls. The theme this year for DAF is "Make A Difference In Fall Prevention". Encouraging Airmen and Guardians to find and correct fall prevention issues whether they are at work or at home. Fall Prevention Focus Week 2021 is May 3-7.
PARTICIPATE IN FALL PREVENTION AT HOME OR AT WORK! Check equipment or look for hazards, whether you are at home or at work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Check your equipment – examples: Are there any recalls for any of your harnesses? Check it against the recall list provided on this page. At home are your ladders and step stools safe?
2. Review your fall prevention program – example: Is your program in compliance with AFMAN 91-203?
3. Ensure understanding – examples: Can you explain fall prevention? Have you spoken with your family members about fall prevention? Are they aware of everyday household slips, trips and falls? Do they know how to inspect or use a ladder or step stool properly?
If you need help, use the resources on this page and from our Occupational Safety SharePoint. You can choose from videos, graphs, statistical analysis, materials from past Fall Prevention Focuses, resources by topic, downloadable material, and resource submissions.
CLICK THIS LINK FOR A LIST OF
RECALLED FALL PREVENTION PPE
NOTE: List is not exhaustive - check your PPE manufacturer for possible recalls
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE FALL PREVENTION FOCUS WEEK: May 3-7, 2021
DOWNLOAD FALL PREVENTION POSTERS BELOW
NSC Slips Trips & Falls
NIOSH Ladder Safety App
OSHA Safety with Scissor Lifts
OSHA eTools on Scaffolds
CDC Falls in the Workplace
OSHA Stairways & Ladders
OSHA e-Tools Ladder Safety
Pennsylvania Dept of Labor
CDC STEADI - Older Adult Fall Prevention