A commentary on fall-from-elevation research.
Research and Practice for Fall Injury Control in the Workplace: Proceedings of International Conference on Fall Prevention and Protection. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2012-103, 2011 Nov; :117-118
The collection of 23 fall-from-elevation manuscripts that follow address fall risk and prevention in various industries, and were selected for presentation in accord with the above mentioned NIOSH priority goals. They were presented in the Fall from Elevation section of the 2010 International Conference on Fall Prevention and Protection held in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, May 1920, 2010. The authors came from academia, military, government agencies, private industries, and consultant firms, and from five different countries. The presentations were organized into four categories: Human Performance, Structure Performance, Ladders and Stairs, and Hazard Recognition. Subject matter related to human performance included postural control at elevation and fall-control technologies during construction work, truck egress safety, and factors affecting human hand and arm capacities in hanging onto an object in recovering from a fall. The structure performance papers dealt with the use of scaffolds, aerial lifts, roof-railing systems, wood joists, and skylights, with a focus on protecting or resisting human falls. The ladder and stair papers covered human-system interactions; recommendations were made to increase the stability of stepladders and extension ladders, to prevent falls on the stair, to ascend and descend fixed ladders safely, and to properly label nonself- supporting ladders. Additional papers reported risk factors and hazard recognition associated with residential construction workers, ironworkers, and commercial building workers in different countries.
Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Construction-workers; Ergonomics; Fall-protection- Injuries; Injury-prevention; Ladders; Posture; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Surface-properties; Training
Hongwei Hsiao, Ph.D., National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Rd., Morgantown, WV 26505
Construction; Public Safety
Research and Practice for Fall Injury Control in the Workplace: Proceedings of International Conference on Fall Prevention and Protection