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Myths and facts about falls in residential construction.
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training
Silver Spring, MD: CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, 2012 Apr; :1-2
Myth 1: Residential contractors don't get injured as badly as commercial construction workers. FACT: Half of all construction workers who have fallen to their death in Massachusetts worked in residential construction. Myth 2: You have to fall a long distance to kill yourself. FACT: If you hit your head hard enough, you can die from any height. Half the construction workers who died in a fall fell from a height of 25 feet or less. Even if you survive a fall, you may be laid up for some time with a disability. Myth 3: Experienced workers don't fall. FACT: The average age of construction workers who have fallen to their death was 43. These men had many years of experience. Myth 4: Fall protection equipment is more of a hindrance than a help. FACT: Nothing is more of a hindrance than a lifetime disability. Fall protection equipment is continually improving. Retractable lifelines allow for maximum flexibility. Roof anchors can be nailed into the structural members of wooden roofs. Myth 5: Working safely is costly. FACT: Some equipment isn't costly, such as ladder stabilizers, guardrail holders, and fall protection kits. Other items such as scaffolds are more expensive. Invest in this equipment, just as you would a quality tool. FACT: Falls can be prevented, plan ahead, bring the right equipment to the job, and use it correctly. Stay alert, always think first, and don't take risks. Watch out for others on the job. Train your workers, make sure that your employees know how to work safely at heights.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Fall-protection; Height-factors; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Work-environment; Work-practices; Personal-protective-equipment
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Myths and facts about falls in residential construction
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division