OSHA has developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace, the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry.
The resources, OSHA said in a statement, encourage and facilitate compliance evaluations.
According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017 released Dec. 18, 2018, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal falls were at their highest level in the 26-year history of the report, accounting for 887 (17%) worker deaths.
Falls accounted for four of the 35 occupational fatalities in Connecticut in 2017.
OSHA’s goal is to promote awareness about common fall hazards in construction, educate job creators and workers on fall prevention, and reduce the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities.
Plan, Provide, Train
Falls can be prevented, says OSHA, if employers plan to ensure the job is done safely; provide the right equipment; and train workers to use the equipment safely.
The agency is working with industry stakeholders to provide the following compliance assistance resources:
- The sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 6-10, 2019. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the workday to discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them.
- Fall safety videos show how to prevent construction-related fall hazards from floor openings, skylights, fixed scaffolds, bridge decking, re-roofing, and leading edge work.
- OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide provides a lesson plan for employers including several Toolbox Talks.
- Fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding provide guidance on the safe use of these types of equipment while performing construction activities.
- A brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls, encourages employers to develop a fall prevention plan, and to provide workers with fall protection and training.
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