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One of the most common jobs in America is also one of the most dangerous. Every day, construction workers face a multitude of dangers; an accident on the job could result in serious injury or even death. Out of 775 total construction fatalities in 2012, more than one-third were fall-related. Many of those deaths were preventable. At Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore, our personal injury attorneys in Tampa want to share some tips to help keep you safe from falls and other accidents on the job.
The best policy while on the job is the most common-sense one: play it safe. Contractors can prevent falls from heights on their worksites by following a few common-sense standards:
- Plan ahead to ensure safety before starting every job.
- Provide maintained and proper equipment for working at heights.
- Train workers to use the equipment properly and to work safely on roofs, ladders, and scaffolds.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other partners, launched the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction in April of 2012 as a government-labor-management program. The campaign encourages residential-construction companies and others in the industry to work safely at heights and use the correct equipment. Campaign partners are encouraged to participate in discussions amongst owners, managers, and other employees about falls and how to prevent them. For more information about joining the campaign, visit the campaign website at https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/