|More than 800
construction workers die every year while on the job.
Falls are the number one cause of fatalities in
construction. Falls cause one of every three
construction worker deaths. These falls happen in a
split second while workers are on roofs, scaffolds,
ladders, bridges, and other work surfaces. But these
deaths can be prevented.
you are about to see shows how quickly falls at
construction sites can lead to workers'deaths. The video
will also show what employers must do so that the work
can be done more safely. Employers have a responsibility
to provide a safe workplace and required protective
equipment. You'll see that using the right type of fall
protection saves lives.
advised. The scenes you are about to see deal with
deaths at construction sites and might be disturbing for
some people. All scenes are based on true stories.
were installing deck pans onto a bridge. They were not
wearing any personal fall protection and there was no
safety net below the bridge. One of the workers was
preparing to weld the next deck pan into place.
walking toward a deck pan that needed to be secured, the
worker tripped and fell onto an unsecured deck pan. The
deck pan slid away from her, creating an opening. She
fell for 75 feet, landing on the ground below. She died
instantly from her injuries.
at the events leading up to this tragic incident, and
see how it could have been prevented. The workers had no
fall protection, which OSHA requires the employer
provide when working at heights of 15 feet and above.
what happens when these workers use fall protection. Now
there is a temporary horizontal lifeline attached along
the beams. Each worker wears a full-body harness and
connects to the lifeline using a self-retractable
lanyard with self rescue capabilities
horizontal lifeline system can use two or more anchors
connected to one of the concrete beams. Once attached to
the beam, a cable is run between the anchors, and the
lanyard is connected to the cable.
while walking toward a deck pan that needed to be
secured, the worker tripped and fell onto an unsecured
deck pan. The horizontal lifeline stops her from falling
to the ground. The worker is lowered slowly to the
ground. Another way to protect these workers is to use a
So now, when
the worker trips and falls onto the unsecured deck pan,
the net stops her from falling to the ground.
shows the importance of employers following OSHA's fall
protection standards to ensure that workers are provided
with a safe workplace.
of construction deaths are preventable. The fall
protection measures shown here save workers' lives. Use
fall protection on the job: it could be the difference
between life and death.
If you would
like more information, contact OSHA at www.osha.gov or
1-800-321-OSHA, that's 1-800-321-6742.
OSHA's Web Site