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Out of 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry in 2014, 899, or 20.5%, of them were in the construction industry. Of those, the leading cause of worker deaths was falls, accounting for 359, or 39.9% of the worker deaths. All other causes of death cause significantly fewer.
Not to mention the thousands of injuries that happen every year as a result of falls, leading to lost-time injuries.
Whether they are potentially fatal falls from high heights, or lower falls that lead to broken bones and assorted injuries, falls are one of the most avoidable types of workplace accidents.
PPE is designed to protect workers from falls of all heights, from proper footwear to harnesses.
Fall protection also brings up the topic of housekeeping, and making sure objects aren’t laying around causing workers to slip and fall, and that PPE is stored in the proper place and readily available for use.
Use these fall protection resources to educated workers on the importance of using proper fall protection equipment. Additionally, use these resources to educate workers on the importance of housekeeping at the workplace.
Falls Through Openings
Falls through openings cause many deaths and serious injuries. These incidents can also cause terrible feelings of guilt if, say, one worker fails to securely cover a floor opening and another worker falls through it to his death.
Although falls through openings typically occur on construction sites, they can happen in any kind of workplace.
Suspension trauma can occur to anyone who is forced to remain upright, as when you are in a body harness for a long time. The blood in your body pools in your legs and your heart cannot exert enough force to pump the blood back up. Eventually you faint. If you fall over, the blood can flow back to your heart; if not, there may be severe consequences.
How to Prevent Same Level Falls
Most workers have a healthy respect for safety when working at heights, but often they aren’t as mindful of the same slip, trip and fall hazards that can exist in same-level areas.
WHAT’S THE DANGER
Falls are a leading cause of workplace injury and death. Many serious incidents occur in falls from the same level, such as when someone slips or trips.
Falling Is No Joke!
Falls are the leading cause of accidents in the workplace. They can be caused by slippery surfaces, obstructions in walkways, poor lighting, walking too fast, or unsafe equipment. However, they can usually be avoided with a combination of safety awareness, safe work habits, and good housekeeping practices.
The Laws Of Gravity
How does a fall occur? In the case of falls from the same level, they start with a slip or a trip, and then gravity takes over!
Slips and trips result in falls that can cause serious, even fatal, injuries. These injuries can be prevented by keeping walking and working surfaces clear and clean, by using good lighting and by paying attention to what you are doing at all times.
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Preventing Slips & Falls
Designed to promote awareness in preventing slips and falls. Covers potential hazards, importance of proper maintenance and cleaning procedures, and many other aspects of slips and falls prevention. Focus is on engineering, education, and enforcement.
Slips And Falls: Universal Language Safety Video
This video allows you to train in any language or country with equal results. Viewers are shown both the correct and incorrect ways to perform common tasks. Then, the clips are played back and viewers are asked to fill in a symbol-coded worksheet denoting which procedure they think is correct.
Fall Protection Safety Video
Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (just after traffic accidents!) Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls – and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in “lost work time.” Topics include components of a fall arrest system, inspection, calculating fall distance, selection of a connecting device and the importance of choosing a legal tie-off point.
General Fall Protection
Falling is consistently one of the most common causes of workplace fatalities. Falls from as little as 4 to 6 feet can cause serious injuries, sometimes death. There are many different types of work and many different types of fall hazards. This course will teach employees the importance and practice of consistent fall protection. Employees will learn about fall hazards, how to identify fall protection methods and various safe work practices.
Fall Protection Awareness
Falling is consistently one of the most common causes of workplace fatalities. Falls from as little as 4 to 6 feet can cause serious injuries, sometimes death. There are many different types of work and many different types of fall hazards. This course will teach employees the importance and practice of consistent fall protection. Employees will learn about fall hazards, how to identify fall protection methods and various safe work practices. This course is intended for employees in California who, during their regular job duties, work at heights requiring fall protection. This course provides information to aid the employer in meeting the training requirements of 8 CCR Section 3210, 8 CCR Section 3622, and 29 CFR 1926.502. Hands-on training for personal fall arrest systems will need to be provided by employers.
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