It was a nice day during Spring as the workers were active at the building remodel. A supervisor and three employees were placing air handler units on the third-floor mezzanine. The supervisor was using a wheeled pry bar to lift the air handler up. He wanted the workers to place a 2-inch galvanized pipe under the air handler to serve as a roller. He was in an area about a foot from the unguarded edge and applying pressure to the pry bar when the pry bar slipped. The supervisor lost his balance and fell 23 feet to the cement below, causing his death.
The sad truth is, falls are the leading cause of injuries at work sites. Between October 1, 2016, and December 2016, employee falls accounted for 43% of construction fatalities. So, it’s important to understand that falls can happen anywhere, but they are always preventable.
Places where falls can occur from:
Refer to the story above: We want to ask ourselves, what went wrong? What could have prevented this tragedy?
|Did You Know: Falls accounted for 81% of all fatal falls. Of those cases where the height of the fall was known, more than two-fifths of fatal falls occurred at 15 feet or lower. Fatal falls to a lower level accounted for nearly 40% of fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015.|
Here Are 3 Mistakes that Would’ve Been Avoided with Fall Safety
First, there were no protective materials to protect the worker from harm.
Determining that the project required protective equipment would’ve prevented everyone from harm. According to OSHA regulation, employers should provide and install all fall protection systems. There are three different safety provisions, including:
Guardrails keep people from straying into dangerous or off-limits areas.
Safety nets are placed around the work area to protect workers from falling or debris.
Second, The individual DID NOT follow safety precautions to keep himself safe.
Personal Fall Arrest Systems ensure that you’re safe when working with heights. According to OSHA rules, Fall Arrest Systems are mandatory when 6ft above the ground. Personal Fall Arrest Systems for harness, lanyard or retractable need an anchor point that is capable of supporting 5,000 pounds. It is also important that you check and maintain your Fall Arrest System.
Lastly, you can download apps that help you stay safe and avoid falls. Keep up-to-date with training and more with this list of apps.
Third, the company did not prepare worker with adequate safety training.
Safety Training is something that every worker should experience in the construction world. Businesses are required to teach their workers the best practices and uses of their protective equipment. Also, businesses should audit their safety practices, and check and see if they’re workers are following the rules.
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