The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) National Safety Stand-Down runs now through May 15. The purpose of this national fall prevention stand-down is to raise awareness of fall hazards in the construction industry and prevent future construction worker injuries and fatalities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that construction employment in the U.S. grew to 9.8 million construction workers in 2014. The rate of fatal injuries in construction is the highest of any U.S. industry.
The leading cause of deaths in construction is a fall from an elevation, such as falls from ladders or scaffolding, a temporary structure or platform used to elevate a worker. Falls from a height in the construction industry are often deadly. According to OSHA, falls accounted for 291 of 828 construction fatalities in 2013, and fall prevention safety standards continue to be one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards.
Falls cause thousands of serious injuries each year, with construction workers falling from ladders, roofs, scaffolding and other platforms. As the spring and summer construction season gets underway in Pennsylvania, it is important to focus on fall prevention and safety measure to help prevent future injuries and fatalities.
The goal of the national safety stand down is to give employers the information and opportunity to talk to employees about safety, focusing on specific fall hazards on construction sites, and on the importance of fall prevention and safety measures. Various fall prevention resources, including educational and training materials, videos, posters and more can be found on the OSHA website.
Many construction worker deaths are preventable. If the proper safety measures are put in place and safety rules are carefully followed and enforced, many needless deaths and injuries can be prevented. Pre-planning on a job site to ensure safety, especially when constructing scaffolding, is an extremely important safety measure. Most falls from scaffolding occur because the scaffolding was not installed correctly. Qualified individuals need to be constructing scaffolding and ensuring that all safety equipment is in place and that all workers are properly trained and aware of fall protection systems and another safety measure. The correct ladders and safety gear should be provided for each specific job and all equipment should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure it is in proper working condition.
All workers have the right to a safe work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed to prevent workers from being harmed or killed at work. If you have been injured at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and may also have a personal injury case. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli can help you better understand the law and your rights. Feel free to call a workers comp attorney in Philadelphia at 215-575-9237 or a workers’ comp lawyer in Wilkes-Barre at 570-714-HURT.
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