In our last article, we focused on preventing slips and trips at the construction site. In this month’s blog, we are back to help prevent falls at the workplace. Being off-balance can be very dangerous as well as a very common problem on a construction site. Pair that with the use of ladders, scaffolding, and other equipment used up high and you can see why falls are a common problem. Heed this advice to prevent falls for your construction workers.
Causes of Falls
Falls are the leading cause of death for construction workers. Workers six feet above ground level or more are at risk of serious injury or death if they fall. One major cause of falls is not planning enough safety equipment for the job at hand. Another cause is poor weather conditions, especially if the construction worker falls from a roof. Roof falls are most likely to result in fatality and half of fall fatalities are from heights of 20 feet or less. Mud can be very tricky to work in and can be present even in otherwise pleasant working conditions.
Correctly using equipment like ladders and scaffolding is important in preventing falls. Proper training is required to use equipment such as this because it is more dangerous at a high elevation. Osha.gov suggests using Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) to protect workers at dangerous heights, six feet above ground or more. Proper training, proper equipment, and proper safety planning all go hand in hand when it comes to preventing falls.
Proper precautions taken while working the construction job site will go a long way in preventing injuries caused by falling. Read these guidelines from osha.gov to get more information on safety regulations for construction workers.
If you would like to get more involved with stopping falls on construction sites, visit stopconstructionfalls.com, a campaign aiming to do just that. This article is part three in a series, stay tuned for how to prevent equipment related accidents in the near future.