The construction industry experiences the greatest number of fall-related fatalities. Understanding what presents a falling hazard is vital in preventing fall injuries and fatalities. Education and training have shown to be proven methods of decreasing the rates of incidents. In the United States alone, fall injuries constitute a substantial seventy billion dollars in workers' compensation and medical costs annually.
The construction industry has guidelines for many different types of work where employees are exposed to falling hazards, including:
- Cranes and derricks
- Steel erection
- Underground construction
- Leading edges and bricklaying
- Residential construction
- Other hazards, such as holes, hoist areas, walkways, dangerous equipment, and wall openings
To learn more about Fall Protection visit our OSHA Construction Fall Protection Online Training Certification Course web page.