According to the United States Department of Labor, falls are the top cause of death in the construction industry.
In 2015 alone, there were 350 fatal falls to a lower level.
While this is a big number, it's important to note that all of these deaths are preventable. This is why employers and employees alike need to adjust their approach to safety in the future.
Here are some of the many things that can be done to prevent falls from height:
- Focus on safety above all else. When working from height, the employer and workers must do whatever it takes to ensure a high level of safety. For example, all equipment, such as scaffolding and ladders, should be inspected before use.
- Only use the right equipment. It's easy to get into the habit of working at height without safety equipment, but this is extremely dangerous. Remember this: If you are working at a height of six feet or more, you need to use special safety gear.
- Train all employees appropriately. Anyone who will be working at height should receive the proper training in regards to how to use safety equipment, how to prevent accidents, and what to do in the event of an accident.
A fall from height, even if it's only six feet, can cause a serious injury, such as a concussion, broken bone or spinal cord trauma. This is why all construction companies and workers should make it their goal to avoid trouble on the worksite.
If you are part of a construction accident, such as a fall from height, you should stay where you are until help arrives. From there, make sure you receive the proper medical treatment.
Also make sure you report the accident and injuries to your employer as soon as possible (preferably the same day).
If you are unable to return to work right away, you may be able to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. This money can help you get by financially until you are able to return to your job.