Evaluating Workplace Hazards: Fall Incidents on the Rise

Evaluating Workplace Hazards: Fall Incidents on the RiseMore and more companies are, sadly, not only facing increased fatalities of their workers on job sites, but likewise an increase in lawsuits or otherwise accidental scenarios which lead to unwanted and costly negative public reputation—often leading to or including license removal, and even termination!

Workplace hazards are seemingly being neglected, not taken seriously enough, or responsibly when it comes to the winning-bidder and his or her intentions in creating a safer work environment for the workers in which one employs on said job site.

For employers and companies in general that are serious about fall protection and liability, it’s worthwhile to take into consideration the following key recommendations and dynamics of operating a workforce environment at an effective, practical, safe, and all the while profitable pace:

  • Get with the buildings architect, all management, and even labor personnel to review previous, current, and possible future fall hazards to adequately reinforce fall protection of workers.
  • Evaluate the current design of platforms or bases used to conduct work, and ensure that safety vests, harnesses, ‘pulley’ ropes, fellow rescue equipment such as baskets, and other safety-mechanisms are in place to secure each worker and enhance fall protection.
  • Create and present a PowerPoint presentation or verbal approach to your management and employees about not only fall protection and hazards, but also how to report such, before engaging in risky behavior, why it’s important, and how it can be safely done—with an emphasis on the fact that no adverse consequences will come from reporting of such concerns.
  • Ensure your team, management and employees included, know and understand who their chain of command is for reporting incidents, maintaining accountability, and how to approach such critical or emergency situations should they ever arise in which involve serious falls or injury—or of any nature for that matter.
  • Create training classes or brief demonstration segments to present to your management and/or employees in which demonstrate safer physical navigation of a worksite, utilization of current safety-measures and tools, and how to avoid falls.

On top of all the aforementioned steps and guidelines, it’s critical that upper management or owners of job site construction projects get together with top-level supervisors–and employees–to evaluate any current risk associated fall, or other injury based potential elements on the job site.

Whether it’s change of pace, such as deadline, alteration or advancement of equipment, or the additional requirements or requests of safety and hazard equipment—each and every request should be considered with great seriousness, as well as documented by both party(s) for all intents and purposes.

Fall accidents annually are becoming a more and more serious cause for not only death, but also frivolously, astronomically sized lawsuits and liabilities, as well as an overall added-cost to project management, corporations, and the construction market in general.

While there are various forms of equipment available, such as anchor-ties and clamps for construction workers, some corporations or employers seem more interested in cutting corners and maximizing profit at the cost of fellow human life, injury, or other serious accidents associated with the workplace environment on construction and other general labor work sites.

Image credit: Krissada Chuanyen

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