Fall hazards are the deadliest and most commonly cited OSHA violations, with falls accounting for over 39% of 2017’s fatal construction accidents and taking the top spot of OSHA citations for violation of safety practices in the same year.1 Fall protection on sites can help workers avoid this leading fatality on OSHA’s construction hazards list, but the high number of citations shows that many sites aren’t taking fall protection seriously.
At The Safety Group, we offer construction safety courses including OSHA training on best practices for site safety. This includes training on fall protection to help reduce the number of fall hazards in construction. We highlight some of the most common steps for eliminating fall hazards on construction sites.
How to Eliminate Fall Hazards on Your Construction Site
Fall hazards in construction are deadly, so fall protection is imperative for all sites. Our OSHA courses offer training on reducing the likelihood of fall hazards, including falls struck by object injuries. Here are leading tips on how to eliminate fall hazards in construction:
- Utilize guard rails to prevent falls, especially around elevator shafts, skylights, or other unprotected edges
- Use safety nets to protect numerous workers from height dangers
- Implement safety harnesses, aka personal fall arrest systems, for individual workers
- Properly secure any loose equipment to prevent injuries caused by falling objects
Your site safety manger, foreman, or contractor should be responsible for ensuring the above steps are taken to reduce fall hazards and improve fall protection on the safety site. Failure to properly eliminate fall hazards can result not only in OSHA fines, but also in potentially deadly workplace injuries. Fall protection is a crucial component of your site safety plan.
While the above safety steps can help prevent obvious fall dangers, what about falls caused by failing equipment? Scaffolding and crane accidents can create fall hazards in construction as well. The key is to ensure these systems and equipment meet all safety requirements, such as holding four times their weight and resisting wind or weather. Our construction safety consulting services can identify equipment hazards and the potential for falls.
Safety Training and Consulting from The Safety Group
At The Safety Group, we are committed to ensuring construction site safety through our training, consulting, and industry leading safety services. We offer construction training services that meet OSHA requirements and city-specific construction safety training for New York and Philadelphia. We also offer safety consulting services in which we can identify hazards, such a fall hazards, and recommend fixes to prevent dangers or OSHA violations. Contact our team at The Safety Group today to learn more about our safety courses, consulting, training, and additional services for a safer and fall-free construction site.
- OSHA – Commonly Used Statistics