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Fall safety infographic

April 5, 2018

Falls from heights are a major concern on construction sites. Proper equipment and usage, as well as training, can help reduce falls and the costly associated expenses.

Fall Safety infographic

Falls from heights are a major concern on construction sites. Proper equipment and usage, as well as training, can help reduce falls and the costly associated expenses.

Fall Hazards on Construction Sites

  • Fixed scaffolds
  • Floor openings
  • Bridge decking
  • Reroofing
  • Ladders

Falls in Construction Statistics

  • Falls are the number one cause of death in the construction industry.*
  • Falls account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the construction industry.*
  • 200+ construction workers are killed each year int he United States from falls.*
  • 10K+ construction workers are injured from falls each year int he United States.*

Fall Prevention in Construction

  • Assess construction site hazards to determine the appropriate equipment needed for a job.
  • Invest in proper equipment. Ensure it’s used appropriately and with caution.
  • Inspect and remove any fall exposures. Secure materials so they don't fall.
  • Train employees on fall protection, equipment inspection and disciplinary action for ignoring safety precautions.
  • Document safety training activities and non-compliance with protocols.
  • In advance of beginning work each day, run through the day’s tasks, required tools and potential job site hazards.

Fall Protection Safety

Types of Fall Protection

ANCHORS

  • Anchors are a secure point of attachment. They must be able to support the intended loads and provide a sufficient factor of safety.

BODY SUPPORT 

  • Body support is typically a full body harness. It provides a connection point on the worker for the personal fall arrest system.

CONNECTORS

  • Connectors, like shock-absorbing lanyards or self-retracting lifelines, connect a worker’s harness to the anchor.

DESCENT AND RESCUE

  • Descent and rescue devices are used to raise or lower a fallen injured worker to safety, or retrieve him from a confined space.

Check Construction Equipment Before Every Use

Checklist of safety questions to ask

  • Is all hardware free of cracks, burns or corrosion?
  • Do all working parts move freely, including buckles and snap hooks?
  • Are all plastic pads and keepers in place and free of cuts or cracks?
  • Are the webbing and rope free of any cuts, frays or broken fibers?
  • Do any tears, abrasions or discolorations exist?
  • Is stitching intact, or are the stitches pulled or cut?
  • Are all labels present and fully legible?

 

 

 

*stopconstructionfalls.org