If you work in construction, you need to understand the myriad of risks you face on the job. Aside from electrical accidents, dangerous machinery and toxic chemicals, you also need to understand the dangers you face when it comes to falls.
Some workers frequently work in high places, while others occasionally find themselves on a ladder, roof or scaffolding. Either way, falling down can lead to serious injuries and sometimes results in the loss of life. Sadly, many of these accidents are preventable.
Statistics on construction falls
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the construction industry sees more falls than any other industry and statistics show that construction falls account for 51% of falls across the country. During 2019, 1,102 deaths occurred in the construction industry and 401 were a result of falls.
In fact, falls cause more construction workers to lose their lives than any other risk factor. One out of every three job-related construction deaths happen when workers fall.
Preventing construction falls
The CDC outlines a number of steps workers and companies can take to reduce the likelihood of falls. Those working in high places must have proper equipment and careful planning before starting work is essential. Workers must have proper training before using equipment and understand how to stay safe on ladders, scaffolding and roofs.
Unfortunately, falls occur even when construction companies and workers take these precautionary measures. If you suffered an injury after falling down at work, you need to review resources that could help you recover. Workers’ compensation helps many injured construction workers move forward.