Interactive maps paint picture of fatal construction falls in America

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has posted two interactive maps to highlight the danger of falls among workers in the construction industry in an attempt to lower the annual rate of fatal accidents.

One map shows U.S. construction fatalities across the U.S., while the other shows how many of these deaths within the industry were due to falls. The maps were published to call attention to the ways that can bring down the number of fatal falls that occur every year, which include planning, training, and safety products such as fall protection.

“The busy summer months in the construction industry are upon us, and now is the time to ensure that workers and employers understand what is required to prevent falls,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “When working at heights, everyone needs to plan ahead to get the job done safely, provide the right equipment, and train workers to use the equipment safely."

In support of their nationwide initiative to prevent falls at small residential construction sites, OSHA has created a new fall prevention web page with detailed information in English and Spanish on fall protection standards. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) have also created a new stop falls page on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, as well as a joint website on fall prevention, which will be maintained by the CPRW

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