In April, NBC News posted an article about workplace falls in residential construction.
The article shares some shocking data about the number of injuries and falls in this industry.
“The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 887 workers died in falls in 2017 — the most since the agency started tracking job-related fatalities nearly three decades ago,” The article states. “Those deaths from falls accounted for more than 17 percent of all job-related fatalities that year, also a record. In construction, the rate was even higher — almost 40 percent.”
According to experts, the increase in the number of accidents is caused by an increase in inexperienced workers who aren’t getting the safety training they need. Larger companies are participating in training efforts like the National Stand-Down and National Safety Month, but smaller construction companies are not, and this lack of participation is affecting their workers’ safety.
So, what can be done to improve this issue?
- If you are a worker at one of these sites, speak up when you see something safe. Smaller companies are obligated to follow all the same safety rules as larger companies.
- If you own a smaller company, get your workers the training they need.
- Change the culture. When you have a mentality of finishing the job no matter what, workers’ safety is automatically put at risk. Change the culture to focus on being safe, and you will see a reduction in injuries.
The accidents happening in residential construction are serious. Workers, especially young, Hispanic workers are especially at risk, but many, if not all, of these accidents, can be prevented.