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How can construction site falls be avoided?

On a daily basis, construction workers face many different threats in the workplace. In Minnesota, and across the U.S., some may be hurt as a result of exposure to harmful chemicals or electrical shock, while others may sustain an injury due to falling objects and deficient machinery. However, falling is particularly problematic and responsible for many of the serious injuries and fatalities that take place on construction sites. For construction workers and employers in the industry, understanding how falls can be prevented is critical.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are a variety of ways that employers in the construction industry can reduce the likelihood of falls. For example, toe-boards and guard rails should be implemented on open-sided floors, platforms, and runways. Moreover, any hole in the floor that workers could fall into should be covered. Depending on the nature of the job, other measures may be necessary, such as safety nets, handrails, safety harnesses, and stair railings.

It is crucial for employers and workers to recognize other potential fall-related hazards, some of which may not even occur in high places. For example, a worker may fall down and become hurt due to a slippery floor, or they may sustain an injury after falling on hazardous equipment or machinery. From scaffolding accidents to the misuse of ladders and slippery roofs, there are all sorts of different reasons why workers become hurt. Victims of an on-the-job injury should explore any potential tools to aid in their recovery, including workers’ compensation.

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