Safety means that everyone goes home safe. Learn about the four leading causes of injury in construction and how to prevent them.
Learn more about how to prevent falls
Preventing fatal falls would save nearly 400 lives every year.
Together, OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Occupational Research Agenda have developed a campaign to raise awareness of common fall hazards and their preventable measures. More information and resources can be found here.
Falls can be prevented by planning, providing and training:
PLAN ahead to get the job done safely. Begin by deciding how the job will be done, what tasks will be involved, and what safety equipment may be needed to complete each task. When estimating the cost of a job, include safety equipment, and plan to have all the necessary equipment and tools available at the construction site.
PROVIDE the right equipment. To protect workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job, including the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear.
TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely. Every worker should be trained on proper set-up and safe use of equipment they use on the job. Employers must train workers in recognizing hazards on the job.