I was catching up on some safety reading, and I found this great article on construction safety from Safety+Health Magazine.  First, they have an image from NIOSH.
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 As we’ve talked about, falls are the leading cause of death in construction. According to NIOSH, the construction industry averages more than 310 fatal falls and 10,350 serious fall-related injuries a year. Additionally, the majority of fatal falls from scaffolds (86%), roofs (81%) and ladders (57%) occur in construction.

NIOSH has a new fact sheet to help construction employers and workers work safely to prevent falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolds.

The fact sheet has some recommendations for avoiding falls:

For working on roofs:

  • Implement a fall protection program, wear proper fall protection and undergo corresponding training.
  • Use correct anchorage for fall arrest systems.
  • Use a buddy system.
  • Monitor weather conditions when working at height.

For workers on ladders:

  • Choose the right ladder for the job.
  • Don’t overload the ladder.
  • Use the ladder on flat, level ground.
  • Face the ladder while climbing and maintain three points of contact at all times.

For workers on scaffolds:

  • Train and assign a person to supervise scaffold setup.
  • Ensure scaffolds comply with manufacturer guidelines and OSHA standards.
  • Place scaffolds on stable ground or surfaces.
  • Inspect scaffolds and scaffold parts before each use.