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Lowering Risks of Construction Falls: One Plan to Make it Happen

Erwin, McCane & Daly | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Construction worker in pain sustaining a fall injury holding left knee with both hands

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, according to the Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In 2010 alone, there were 264 fall fatalities out of 774 total deaths in the construction field. The falls occurred from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.

OSHA is leading a new Fall Prevention Campaign to cut back on these work-related deaths. All of us at Erwin, McCane & Daly are very concerned about these devastating statistics and wholly support OSHA’s efforts to curtail injuries at construction sites.

The Fall Prevention Campaign focuses on 3 points: Plan, Provide, Train.

Here’s a quick overview of the campaign:

  1. PLAN ahead. When estimating the cost of a job, employers should include safety equipment, and have all the necessary equipment and tools at the construction site.
  2. PROVIDE the right equipment. Workers who are 6-feet or more above lower levels are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job.
  3. TRAIN everyone to use the safety equipment. Workers must be able to recognize potential hazards and know how to safely use ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems, and other equipment they'll need on the job.

Being injured on the job and filing for Workers’ Compensation are difficult situations, and we’re here to help. At Erwin, McCane & Daly, we focus exclusively on Workers’ Comp and Social Security Disability cases. Call us today at (518) 380-6310 so we can get started on your case.