Falls from elevation are the leading cause of death for construction workers. They account for nearly 1/3 of all construction fatalities in recent years. The Illinois Department of Labor is joining the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA in an effort to bring awareness to falls and to give some tips on fall prevention. The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls In Construction will be taking place for the seventh year in a row.
IL Dept. of Labor IL OSHA Manager Brandy Lozosky says that there are plenty of things to be aware of to avoid falls.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 320 out of 1,008 fatalities recorded in 2018 were from falls from elevation. There are many resources available to employers on OSHA’s website. Included are videos, publications, and a training guide. The guide provides step-by-step guidance and lesson plans for employers to put on 15-minute guides for fall prevention.
Visit www.osha.gov/stopfallsstanddown for more information.