Don't Fall Prey To Construction Fall Accidents – 3 Must-Know Safety Tips

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As a new member of the construction industry workforce, it is important for you to realize that there are certain benefits and risks to the job. The benefits often entail traveling and creating useful structures for everyday use ranging from buildings to bridges. Unfortunately, the risks are often related to injury while on the job, particularly fall-related injuries. For your benefit and the benefit of your crew, there are a few safety tips you need to be aware of to help prevent fall accidents from occurring.

Plan Ahead and Audit

In 2014, there were approximately 874 deaths that occurred within the construction industry, and of those deaths, 349 were related to falls. Falls happen to be the leading cause of death among workers in the construction industry. For that reason, it is important to plan ahead and audit the construction site. For starters, you and your crew should visit the site before you begin any construction work.

While at the site, complete an audit for any fall risks you see. In order to complete an audit for fall risks, you will need to survey the site for the following:

  • Uneven ground/flooring: Uneven ground or flooring presents a fall risk if you plan on using a ladder because it may prove unstable for the use of a ladder.
  • Heights and ledges: If the work you plan to complete requires you to work at a certain height, it poses the risk of fall related accidents. Areas with ledges where a worker can fall also run the risk of fall related accidents.
  • Formaldehyde presence: The presence of formaldehyde can occur on construction jobs, particularly those that deal with modern building renovations and the use of particle board. Formaldehyde can lead to sick building syndrome, which can in turn cause dizziness and increase the risk of fall-related accidents.

Once you complete an audit of the site, you will be better prepared to tackle any risks you uncover in order to prevent falls and other injuries.

Work with the Proper Safety Gear

Fall protection equipment is a must for any construction job. Fall protection equipment can decrease the number of lives lost and injuries incurred during a construction job. Fall protection equipment can include:

  • Secure scaffolding
  • Secure ladders
  • Harnesses
  • Fall limiters
  • Beam grips
  • Carabiners

It is important to note that these are just some of the equipment that can be used on a construction site. For best results, ensure that each worker has their own harness, fall limiter, beam grip, and carabiner.

The harness is worn by the worker and attached to a fall limiter. In some instances, the fall limiter is attached using a carabiner. The fall limiter may then be attached to a secure part of the structure, such as a beam, using a beam grip. By using fall limiters and harnesses, you can reduce the risk of fall-related accidents. Should a worker fall over a ledge or fall from a certain height, the fall limiter will stop their descent and prevent the fall from occurring.

Secure scaffolding and ladders also reduce the risk of falls since you and your crew have the right equipment to work with. When using a ladder, make sure you have at least one spotter on the ground to help secure the ladder in place. Without a spotter, the ladder may become unsteady and tip, causing a fall to happen.

Fulfill Work Training Requirements

Work training requirements are put into place for a reason, namely for your safety and the safety of others. While that may seem like common knowledge, keep in mind that accidents in the workplace are often related to a lack of attention in terms of training and practices. In fact, accidents in the workplace seem to have risen over the course of the last few years.

By fulfilling all of your training requirements, you and your crew will be better equipped to identify and avoid any potential fall risks on the job site. Furthermore, training allows you to learn how to properly use all of the fall protection equipment provided to you. Proper use of all equipment is a necessary when it comes to reducing fall injuries or even death.

If you would like to learn more about the proper use of fall protection equipment, contact a supplier near you for information. A supplier can let you know what equipment you need and the best way to use it in order to maintain the safety of you and your crew.

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