Nearly 40% of all deaths that occur in the construction industry are the result of a preventable fall. However, some employers do not realize the risks of these deadly and injury-causing falls, which is why they put their workers in dangerous situations without even knowing it at times. Over the years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found businesses jeopardizing the safety and health of workers on many levels.
For instance, in 2015, OSHA inspected various construction businesses across the country: North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and more. Following their investigation, they issued many citations to the businesses for not protecting the lives of employees. The businesses faced thousands of dollars in fines for multiple violations on worker’s safety. Luckily, federal safety and health officials are determined to reduce the numbers of these accidents occurring in many states in the U.S., especially the preventable fall-related type.
OSHA works to help prevent falls from becoming consistent in workplaces, risking the lives of workers. This is why they believe that every employer should plan ahead for adequate fall protection at construction sites, which includes rigging equipment, lifting gear, slings, and more. However, it does not stop at providing the right equipment – employers must also consider that they have to train employees to use this equipment, also. In many of these cases, employees must complete OSHA fall protection training courses. Over the years, less fall accidents occur than in the past. For instance, there were 10.9 incidents per 100 employees in 1972 to just 3.4 in 2010 – but we want these numbers to disappear altogether.
Ignoring safety regulations not only means ill results for a company, but also risks the lives of employees and puts them in a dangerous position that could cost them their lives. This is why it is important to remember safety in construction. If you have been injured, call us today to speak with an experienced attorney.