What Workers Should Do to Prevent Fall Injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified fall from heights as one of the leading causes of workplace injuries in U.S. construction sites, and some of which lead to fatalities. The agency has estimated that there are 150,000 construction injuries nationwide every year, 5,000 of them (unfortunately) are fatal. Though workplace mishaps are preventable, it still causes many families to suffer great financial loss. Of course, there are ways you could do to prevent it from happening to you.
Prevention starts with thorough preparation
OSHA suggests making a good preparation plan if you’re expected to do work in high places. Sheffield Safety and Loss Control and other experts noted that it indeed pays to have a plan before doing any kind of work. Now, even the smallest scale of employers hire onsite safety services to protect their workers.
Planning a work ahead not only will save you time, but it could also help foresee a situation that could result in an accident. When you’re expected to work at a high altitude, you may want to have a good rest the day before you do the job. Equipment like ladders, scaffoldings, and harnesses should be properly inspected before use, as well. Compared to other countries, studies revealed that the U.S. has the highest rates of fall-related deaths.
Comply with safety workplace standards
Employers and workers should observe construction safety standards to prevent serious mishaps. The OSHA requires that workers who stand six feet in height or above should use more appropriate equipment and safety gears, as they may likely die when involved in fall accidents.
Workers need to be restrained by a harness or properly fitted with personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) when working on roofs. Safety training should also be conducted regularly to enforce workplace safety measures.
Fatal workplace accidents like fall could be prevented in some ways. Proper planning, equipment inspection, and training could reduce such mishaps.