Avoiding Falls in Horizontal Construction from ARTBA Safety Source
From American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Safety Source comes an article about the importance of preventing falls in the highway construction industry. The article begins:
In the heavy and highway construction industry, we don’t often talk about fall hazards. While falls from heights are the leading cause of accidents and deaths in other segments of the construction industry, many of us who work on roads, ports, tarmac and other un-elevated projects have the impression we are immune from falls on the jobsite.
That perception is wrong.
Insurance claims data show falls (from heights and resulting from slips and trips) account for approximately 25 percent of our workers’ compensation claims. They are one of the most frequent sources of injury and death. This fact alone should command our attention.
To read on about the business and personal reasons to support the Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, click here [PDF].