The Fall Prevention Campaign That Could Save Lives
Construction workers put themselves at risk for workplace accidents on a daily basis. They continue to face some of the highest risks when it comes to workplace injuries; 1in10 workers are injured each year.
Falls are the leading cause of deaths and injuries on construction sites – many of which are preventable. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fall prevention is the most violated standard among worksites.
OSHA, in order to take action and raise awareness through 3 simple steps, established the Fall Prevention Campaign:
- PLAN – plan ahead to get the job done safely by deciding how the job will get done, what tasks will be involved, and what safety equipment may be needed to complete each task.
- PROVIDE – make sure your employees are provided with the correct equipment including fall protection, the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear.
- TRAIN – falls can be prevented when workers understand the proper set-up and safe way to use the equipment provided.
In order to take action and improve safety on construction sites the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Center for Construction Research and Training released an app following this campaign. The app helps workers safely position their ladders, and encourages the use of proper safety equipment. In 2016 over 63,000 smartphones downloaded this app to improve safety on construction sites.
- Always wear a hardhat
- Use proper equipment
- Abide by all safety procedures on the jobsite
- Protect yourself and decrease your chance of sustaining a preventable workplace injury.
Workplace fatalities and injuries are tragic and are often preventable when the proper safety precautions are put in place. If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace or construction accident that was not your fault, call Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.
Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.April 24th, 2017