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Preventing falls from heights through the design of embedded safety features.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
Cincinnati, OH: 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. 2014-124, 2014 May; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20044376
Abstract
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries [Toole and Gambatese 2008], and falls are a frequent cause of fatal injuries in this industry. Of the 4,693 fatal work injuries that occurred in 2011, 553 (12%) were the result of falls to a lower level. Fatal falls in construction accounted for 46% of all work-related fatal falls in 2011 [BLS 2012]. OSHA estimates that each fall from an elevated position in construction (both fatal and nonfatal) costs between $50,000 and $106,000 [OSHA 2012]. Workers are at risk of falling during initial construction, and after completion during operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition of buildings. Facility features associated with falls include floor and roof edges, elevated platforms, ledges, atria, skylights, machine rooms, and ladders and stairways. Falls can occur from temporary structures used in construction and maintenance such as scaffolds or ladders, or from permanent locations such as roofs.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Fall-protection; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries
Publication Date
20140501
Document Type
Numbered Publication; Workplace Solutions
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
PB2014-106316
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2014-124; M052014
NIOSH Division
DSR; EID
Priority Area
Construction; Manufacturing
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WV; OH
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