Falls are a major safety issue in the construction industry. According to the most recent stats from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, data from 2015 indicates that falls accounted for 648 worker fatalities. Second only to transportation-related accidents, falls are one of the most serious sources of worker fatalities in the country.
They’re also a financial threat to businesses. According to data from the CDC, in 2014 workers’ compensation and medical costs resulting from workers falling on the job totaled $70 billion.
In a recent news story, OSHA highlighted the financial dangers of failing to provide construction workers with a safe working environment and adequate fall protection. Abhe & Svoboda Inc. was cited for nine safety violations and fined $189,000 for failing to provide adequate fall protection to workers as well as other safety issues. These fines were the result of an OSHA investigation after one of their workers fell 37 feet through a ladder opening and landed on a fellow worker. Both workers survived but suffered serious injuries.
Providing adequate fall protection for your workers and training on how to use it isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes financial sense too. When you care for your workers and provide a safe workplace, your business will prosper too.
Interested in learning more? Visit OSHA’s Fall Protection page for additional resources such as OSHA fall protection training resources and fall protection training guide.