Falls are the number one cause of construction fatalities in both the United States and Canada. Yet, falls are readily preventable.
OSHA’s construction standard generally requires an employer to provide one of three kinds of fall protection – guardrails, safety nets or personal fall arrest systems (harnesses) – to every worker exposed to a possible fall of six feet or more. Fall prevention is required on scaffolds ten feet or taller. All workers on a roof must have warning lines, guardrails or lifelines.
The risk of falls can be lowered by implementing a fall prevention plan in the company safety program. Good housekeeping also reduces the chance of slips, trips and falls. The LHSFNA Occupational Safety and Health Division can conduct worksite audits to develop site-specific programs for fall prevention/protection.