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Preventing Falls In the Construction Industry


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Falls are the No. 1 cause of fatalities on construction sites. Learn the steps that can reduce the number of falls and minimize the severity of injuries when they do occur.

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Preventing Falls In the Construction Industry

  1. 1. Preventing Falls In the Construction Industry PRESENTED BY:
  2. 2. FALLS ARE FATAL IN ALL TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION: Did you know that falls are the No. 1 cause of construction-worker fatalities, accounting for one-third of on-the-job deaths in the industry? And small businesses – those with 10 or fewer employees – account for 61 percent of fatal flaws in construction. *Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  3. 3. FALL PROTECTION IS ESSENTIAL: It’s a fact that fallprotection training and equipmentsaves lives,yet nearly70 percent of workers in residentialroofing, siding and sheet metal construction do not have access to personalfall arrest systems (PFAS). Source: National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) reports
  4. 4. TIPS FOR PREVENTING FALLS FROM EQUIPMENT: • Set the parkingbrake so the equipmentdoes not move • Use hand and step holds • Do not carry tools or materialsso handsare free • Wear properwork site footwear to providesupportand traction
  5. 5. More than three in 10 fatal falls (31 percent) in construction are from a roof. Fatal falls from ladders (24 percent) and scaffolding (15 percent) are the next-highestcategories. Source: The Construction Chart Book MOST COMMONTYPES OF FATAL FALLS:
  6. 6. You don’t haveto be high off the groundto be killed in a fall. In 2015, almost17 percent of all fatal falls were from heights of 10 feet or less. *Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  7. 7. Join the Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Campaign The U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, NIOSH and other organizations are sponsoring the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction awareness week May 7-11, 2018. This is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. You can learn more about how to conduct a safety sit-down at your work site here: For more information about legal steps to take if you or a loved one is injured or a loved one is killed in a construction fall, please contact The Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., in Council Bluffs, Iowa at 402-403-3092 or visit us online. © 2018 Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C. All Rights Reserved. Design and editorial services by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.