OSHA Announces Construction Site Fall Prevention Campaign
At the end of last month we reported on a New York construction accident where one worker died and two others were seriously injured. In the article, we covered what the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers the “fatal four” leading causes of death for construction workers. Falls is one of the leading causes of construction site deaths.
OSHA announced last week that it wants to focus on limiting the number of falls at construction sites, and it has kicked off a new fall prevention campaign. The new campaign was announced Saturday to coincide with Workers’ Memorial Day which was observed April 28 across the country to remember workers who lost their lives as a result of preventable injuries.
The campaign aims to “provide employers and workers with life-saving information and educational materials about working safely from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.” The campaign is a joint effort with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) program.
OSHA reports in 2010, 255 workers died and 10,000 more were injured nationwide after falling on-the-job. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2010 New York saw 182 total construction site accidents, with 28 of them resulting from a fall.
“Falls are the most fatal out of all hazards in the construction industry, accounting for almost one in every three construction worker deaths. Our simple message is that safety pays, and falls cost,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a press release announcing the campaign.
During the campaign, OSHA and NIOSH will work with trade associations, labor unions, employers and other organizations to provide employers and workers with education and training on common-sense fall prevention equipment and strategies that save lives.
In support of the campaign, OSHA, NIOSH and NORA have all created new web pages. OSHA’s site has detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The links for the sites are:
- OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign
- NIOSH Fall Prevention
- The Center for Construction Research and Training Fall Prevention
Our Binghamton construction accident attorneys applaud OSHA for focusing on providing information and safety tips that could help save the lives of New York construction workers. We encourage employers and employees alike to take the time to read the information and to follow all safety regulations and laws when working.
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