Falls are the Number 1 Cause of Death in the Construction Industry

Posted: 9/18/2012

Falls are the Number 1 Cause of Death in the Construction Industry

In the construction field, 364 out of 774 total deaths were from falling (OSHA, 2010).  Employers must create a work environment to diminish injury and death from falling.  To create this environment, construction sites need to be supplied with safety equipment and employees must be trained on proper safety procedures.

For any elevations of four feet for general workplaces, five feet for shipyards, and six feet for the construction industry, fall protection is required.  Employers are required by OSHA to supply the following fall protection for employees:

  1. Guard floor holes
  2. Provide guard rails and toe-boards around elevated platforms, floors, or runways that are open sided.  Guard rails and toe-boards must also be provided, no matter the height, to protect against falls around dangerous machines
  3. Safety harnesses, lines, nets, stair railings, and hand rails are required on certain job sites.
  4. Employers are required to eliminate known dangers
  5. Keep work areas clean of debris
  6. Protective personal equipment is required to be supplied by the employer
  7. Train workers on safety hazards in a language they understand


F.E. Moran Fire Protection provides a safe environment for employees and clients.  They have an industry leading .76 EMR safety rating; the industry average is 1.  Learn more about their safety program by clicking here.

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