Construction sites host a slew of workplace hazards which can result in an injury or even death. One of the more dangerous occupations in regards to accidents at work, construction workers are at an increased risk of injury on the job. To prevent common accidents, employers are required to meet certain safety standards set forth by OSHA. In many cases, these safety standards are not met with the end result being increased fatalities on construction sites.
As stated in an article appearing on digitaljournal.com, “OSHA’s ‘Standard for Fall Protection’ requires sites to protect employees from fall hazards, one of which requires that anyone working at heights of 6 feet or more above a lower level be provided with fall protection. Employees who may be exposed to fall hazards must also be trained to recognize possible hazards and understand the danger. Construction workers must also be able to demonstrate competency in the use of fall protection systems.”
This in response to reports from investigators claiming the deaths of two steelworkers earlier this year at a city construction site likely resulted from a lack of adequate fall protection. According to a New York City Buildings Department representative, this would include a support platform, safety netting and harnesses.
It is important for both construction workers and their employers to understand the law regarding fall protection on construction sites. Safety standards are not suggestions or optional procedures. Employers must provide the necessary equipment to ensure worker safety and employees must use this equipment while on the job. Preventing all construction site accidents is very difficult, however when the proper safety procedures are followed in conjunction with the use of safety equipment, many of the reported accidents could be avoided. Considering the severity of injuries and the loss of life associated with falling accidents on construction sites, this is an issue which must be addressed immediately within the industry.