Fatal falls in private construction industry decline 42 percent

Fatal work injuries involving falls dropped 2 percent to 635 in 2010, compared to 645 in 2009, and have dropped 25 percent from a high of 847 fatal falls in 2007, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Since 2007, fatal falls within the private construction industry have dropped by 42 percent and fatal injuries caused by a collision between a worker and object or heavy equipment went down 4 percent in 2010 to 402. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the first step to lowering the risk of falls is to identify all hazards and develop a plan to proect workers.

According to OSHA, falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic occupational death, and make up 8 percent of all occupational fatalities that occur from trauma. The agency states that whenever construction workers are operating at a height of six feet, general industry workers are at four feet, or maritime workers are at five feet or higher, they are at risk and need to be protected. Ensure employee safety by providing fall protection and other safety products appropriate for the specific worksite. 

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