The problem is everywhere. It is all the time. It isn't one specific trade - it's every trade. Each has their own challenges, and their own common failure points. This isn't to say that people aren't trying - they are! Unions, open shop, associations, CMs, GCs, Subs, employers, individuals - so many are fighting the fight - yet:
Falls are the leading cause of death in construction. Every year (since I started my safety career in 1989), nearly 35% of all fatalities in construction are as a result of falls.
Roofs, ladders, scaffolds, openings, lifts - are all challenges.
Training is an issue. Planning is an issue. Follow through is an issue. Equipment is available - but is it being used, and properly?
Our initial focus is on Fall Prevention...it's where we need to shout the loudest, where we need to focus the most effort, where we can "get the most bang for the buck" in terms of lives saved per effort expended.
OSHA's Fall Prevention Page
CPWR Stop Construction Falls Page
Tie Off Considerations:
Things to think about when choosing an anchorage and connector:
Ladder Safety Resources:
I recently posted a Ladder Safety flier, which one of our projects took to the next level...awesome job Team!
The original flier is here:
The updated illustration is here:
Please feel free to print, post, share, distribute, email, tweet, you name it! Please do it now while it's fresh in your mind!
Every month is Ladder Safety Month!
American Ladder Institute Ladder Safety Month
CDC Ladder Safety Blog
Get the Poster (well, maybe more like a handbill):
Stop. Think. Poster.
Get the Stickers: