Despite legislation, industry education and safety awareness campaigns, lack of proper fall protection continues to rank No. 1 on OSHAs Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations. It is also the No. 1 killer of construction workers.
In 2013, 37% of the 796 workers killed in construction accidents -- 294 people -- died in falls. (To put this in perspective, view the interactive Fatality Map at www.stopconstructionfalls.com.)
Complacency is too often at fault in fatal falls. A worker may believe the job is at a low enough height to make fall protection equipment unnecessary, or the job will be done real quick, or fall protection will be too restrictive. In some circumstances, its a case of negligence, in which an employer or site manager fails to provide the right equipment, or workers have not been made aware of or fail to understand potential hazards at the site.
No matter what the scenario, it is the employers obligation to:
1. Provide proper fall protection equipment based on a hazard assessment of the work site;
2. Train staff on when and how to properly use the equipment;
3. Maintain the equipment to ensure proper operation when needed;
4. Enforce required use of the fall-protection equipment per OSHA guidelines in the companies written safety policy.
Failure to meet any of these obligations can make your company liable should a fall-related injury or death occur. Fines, lawsuits and higher insurance premiums are likely financial repercussions. A tarnished reputation and potential loss of future business can also result, as can a loss of productivity on projects due to the emotional toll on other workers. Of course, the real incentives for maintaining an effective fall prevention program aren’t measurable in dollars and cents.
Cal-Vintage Roofing is committed to creating a healthy work environment, supporting appropriate training, fostering a positive attitude towards health, safety, wellness and managing work hazards. Our Safety and Illness and Injury Prevention Program adhere to all OSHA guidelines. . We believe in the safety and well being of our most valuable assets...our employees.