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Occup Health Saf 2013 Jul; 82(7):22, 24, 26
Susan is the safety officer for a mid-sized electrical contractor in the Midwest. After looking over the injury records for the past five years, she is seeking ways to reduce fall accidents on the job. One division of Susan's firm does a good deal of work installing exterior lighting. Dropping by a job site unannounced, she finds an employee wiring up a floodlight with a motion sensor while perched on the upper reaches of an extension ladder. Looking to the base of the ladder, she's glad to see he has tied it off, but she is alarmed at the dangerously uneven ground surface. Susan calls the electrician down but understands the real problem: The wireman lacks the right equipment to do the job. In addition, the company probably has many other crews in the field with the same issue. Fortunately, Susan is aware of the Construction Solutions database. Created by the nonprofit safety and health institute CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Construction Solutions is a database filled with options designed to neutralize common construction industry hazards. Susan goes to the website and chooses "electrical" for her type of work, then "inspect and use scaffolds and ladders" from a menu of construction tasks. Offered a list of related hazards, she chooses "fall from heights" and is presented with two engineering-based solutions to her problem: using a ladder leveler to adapt the company's extension ladders to work conditions like these or using a portable lift instead. It seems more practical to outfit all of the crews with ladder levelers than portable lifts, so she clicks on that option. Instantly, she gets not only a complete description of the device, but also links to a half-dozen suppliers. Problem solved!
Construction-workers; Construction-materials; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment; Construction; Safety-measures; Safety-equipment; Safety-education; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Education; Training; Workers; Worker-health; Health-protection; Health-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
Issue of Publication
Occupational Health and Safety
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division