NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search
Personal fall arrest system anchors in residential construction.
Hindman-DP; Morris-J; Mohamadzadeh-M; Koch-L; Angles-J; Smith-Jackson-T
Wood Des Focus 2013 Mar; 23(1):20-27
A fall is one of the most traumatic events that can happen on a jobsite. The effects of a fall, much like a wave spreading from a pebble dropped in a pond, can radiate through the work crew, the construction company, the workers family, a community, or even extend to become a national event. Falls cause great injury, requiring time for personal recovery, as well as psychological stress on other crew members and loss of confidence in the construction company throughout the professional community. We want to personally stress how crucial fall prevention and fall protection are to every construction professional. To reiterate, the effects of a fall can include: 1. Economic loss of productivity and site time 2. Increases in workers compensation and health insurance 3. Bad press, causing a loss of future business 4. Loss of respect of other construction professionals The current landscape for fall protection in residential construction has radically changed. Previous enforcement of fall protection was minimal and only as seen fit on the construction site. Now, the changes to OSHA provisions indicate that fall protection MUST BE CAREFULLY THOUGHT OUT AND PLANNED. The changes have not come without confusion, and have generated concerns of compliance from many builders.
Fall-protection; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction; Personal-protection; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-equipment
Issue of Publication
Wood Design Focus
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division