You’ve probably had fall safety training at work, and you know that working on ladders and other high places can put you at risk of falling and getting hurt. There are real risks that you could face if you fall, such as breaking bones or suffering a traumatic brain injury. To prevent these issues, your priority should be to be safe whenever you’re working at a height.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, has an annual national campaign to prevent falls in construction that goes over some of the most important information you need to know about falls.
Falls have the potential to cause serious injuries, like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or other physical limitations, some of which could be permanent. For that reason, finding ways to avoid falls is essential.
Falls from ladders and roofing cause many serious injuries
Did you know that the main source of falls for workers who are over the age of 55 is falling from ladders? For those under the age of 44, falls from roofs are the most common cause of falls.
In fact, falls from roofs are the cause of around 33% of deaths in construction caused by falls. Additionally, falls to a lower level are the top cause of construction fatalities.
Who is most at risk of falling at work?
The statistics show that immigrant workers and workers over the age of 65 are most likely to suffer fatal falls on the job.
What can people do to avoid falls at work?
To avoid falls at work, you have to follow safety protocols and talk about fall safety with colleagues. Contractors and workers should make plans on how to work at heights together before every job. Contractors and workers should use the right fall-arrest equipment and be trained to use that equipment correctly. Doing these things could help prevent falls leading to serious injury or death.
If you fall and suffer an injury at work, remember that you may be able to seek workers’ compensation. Doing so could help you get the compensation you need as you focus on your recovery.