A Priority for 2018: Reduce Falls in Construction
Falls from elevation was once again the leading cause of construction worker deaths for 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Falls accounted for 80 out of 182 construction deaths (44%).
- Struck-by Object accounted for 13 deaths (7%),
- Electrocutions for 8 (4.4%)
- Caught-in/between, 3 (1.6%).
Reducing the number of fall incidents should be a goal for every construction company. If your company didn't have any fall incidents, then implement a goal of reducing activities that put workers in fall-related hazardous conditions. This will take preplanning, such as figuring out how something can be built on the ground then lifted into place as one large piece. A great way to accomplish preplanning is to involve the workers who would be doing the task. This requires them to think ahead, and challenges them to come up with not only cost-saving ideas, but safety-enriched ideas.
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