Falls: The Leading Cause of Fatalities in Construction
Did you know that approximately one-third of construction related fatalities are fall-related. And that 70% of fall fatalities are from roofs, ladders and scaffolds*. It is up to you to make the decision to practice safety, even if others around you are not. No one expects to get hurt so don’t leave it up to chance – BE SAFE every day.
Make sure you can recognize the fall hazards and the safety procedures to follow to minimize the hazard.
- Maintain three points of contact.
- Place the ladder on level footing.
- Always face the ladder and don’t overreach.
- Select the right ladder for the job.
- Ensure extension or straight ladders extend at least 3 ft. above point of support.
- Never stand on the three top rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
- Have a competent person check your harness for fit and defects.
- Always stay connected/tie off.
- Ensure that all anchor points are safe.
- Protect all holes, openings and skylights.
- Don’t sit or walk on skylights or other openings.
- Assess wind speed, wet, frosty and snowy surfaces.
- Ensure scaffolds are on level footing, fully planked and guardrails completed.
- Verify inspection by a competent person before use.
- Don’t climb over cross braces.
- Don’t stand on guardrails.
- Don’t use a ladder on a scaffold.
- Use a harness and lanyards when working on scaffolding 10 ft. or more above ground level.
*BLS March 2017
Safety has been Tradesmen International’s #1 Core Value since our inception in 1992. While we’re proud to provide all our employees OSHA Training, Tool-Box Talks as well as On-going Safety Communication and Education, we believe that each individual must personally emphasize safe behavior at home, on the road, the jobsite and at all times to ensure their safety and the safety of all those around them.
Meet with a Tradesmen team member and or call 855-723-3844 to learn more about OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety and Health training opportunities.