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Two Construction Workers are Injured in a Water Line Accident in Amarillo – Part 3

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
English: Cross scaffolds. The Cross in Beith w...

English: Cross scaffolds. The Cross in Beith wearing a scaffold during the refurbishment with ( partial ) lottery money. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U. S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that there were 291 fatal construction site falls in 2013, and the deaths were all considered preventable. The following are tips provided in a fall prevention campaign sponsored by OSHA:

Plan Ahead

Employers should plan ahead for a safe job when a job entails work from heights, such as roofs, ladders, and scaffolds. The first step is to decide how the job will be done, all tasks involved, and what type of safety equipment is needed to complete each task.

The cost of safety equipment should always be included when calculating the cost of a job. Employers should plan to have the necessary safety equipment at the construction site. A roof job, for example, may involve hazards such as leading edges, skylights, or holes. Personal fall protection arrest systems (PFAS) may need to be provided, for example.

Provide the Appropriate Equipment

Anytime a worker is 6 feet or more above lower levels, they are at a serious risk for death or injury if they should fall. Employers have a duty to protect these workers by providing fall protection and the right equipment for the job. They must also provide the right type of safety gear, scaffolds, and ladders for the job.

There are different types of ladders and scaffolds, and each is appropriate for certain types of projects but not others. Workers should always be provided with the equipment that will allow them to safely complete the job.

Train Workers

Training is an essential part of safety. Falls are prevented by providing workers with the knowledge they need to safely use equipment.

Learn more about construction safety in Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series.

–Guest Contributor

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