Tag: fall accident

Working at Heights: Why the Risks of Occupational Accidents Still Fall on Deaf Ears

Falls from heights remain the biggest cause of occupational fatalities in the construction industry. According to a report by the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, 42% of deaths between 1982 and 2015 in construction involved falls; 54% of workers killed had no access to a personal fall arrest system; and 20% of fatalities…

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Should workers’ comp benefits be reduced because worker didn’t wear PPE?

The question the court had to decide in this case: Did the worker intentionally not wear his PPE? Shawn Smith was an employee of Judy Construction in Kentucky. On Dec. 2, 2015, Smith fell about 40 feet from a bridge and suffered significant injuries to his spleen, bowels, head, wrists, elbow, knees, back, ribs and…

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Workplace Falls Pose A Danger To The Economy As Well As Workers

After transportation-related deaths, falls are the No. 1 cause of death on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  It should be no surprise that CFR 1926.501 Fall Protection is also the standard most cited by OSHA. However, what is surprising to many is that OSHA has only been around since 1971. It…

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Slips, Trips & Falls Safety Infographic: The Cost of Slip and Fall Accidents

Workplace fall facts

Slips, trips & falls are often considered the most common workplace injuries. Although they range in severity, its no secret that no one want to endure a slip, strip, or fall while at work. Because they happen so often, they are known as the number one cause of workers’ compensation claims each year, making their…

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Fall Prevention Infographic: The Truth About Fall Fatalities and Injuries

Fall Injuries in Construction

Fall fatalities and injuries happen all too often, when in reality, they can be prevented with proper fall prevention measures. Falls still top OSHA top 10 most cited list of violations, and it hasn’t much moved throughout the years. Falls are also considered the “Fatal Four” in the construction industry- four of the most common…

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OSHA cites Ziggy’s Roofing of Norridge; proposes $115K in penalties

Feb. 2, 2016 Area builder exposes workers to dangerous fall hazards at two Chicago area job sites within a month OSHA cites Ziggy’s Roofing of Norridge; proposes $115K in penaltiesNORRIDGE, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Norridge roofing contractor after inspectors saw employees working on residential…

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Beginner’s Guide: Work Platform

There are many types of work platforms: aerial work platforms (such as scissor lifts), scaffolding, or prefabricated, permanently-installed platforms. Which one you choose to use depends on the type of work you plan on doing and the duration of that work. A quick paint job, for instance might be done on scaffolding, while replacing light…

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OSHA cites Kansas grain cooperative for exposing workers to fall

Jan. 20, 2016 OSHA cites Kansas grain cooperative for exposing workers to fall, grain dust hazards at Quinter locationEmployer name: Frontier Ag Inc. Citations received: Jan. 15, 2016 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Wichita Area Office cited the Quinter, Kansas, grain cooperative for two repeated and three serious…

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OSHA cites Latite Roofing for repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards

Jan. 05, 2016 OSHA cites Latite Roofing for repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards Employer name: Latite Roofing and Sheet Metal LLC Inspection sites: 9617 NW 7th Circle, Building #3; 9741 NW 7th Circle, Building #5; and 9710 SW 7th Circle, Building #10, Plantation, Florida 33324. Citations issued: Citations were issued to the employer on…

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WKL Roofing exposes workers to falls, other serious safety hazards at job site in Port Orange, Florida.

Dec. 23, 2015 WKL Roofing exposes workers to falls, other serious safety hazards at job site in Port Orange, FloridaEmployer name: WKL Roofing Inspection site: 4655 Spruce Creek Road, Units A-H, Port Orange, Florida 32127 Citations issued: Citations were issued to the employer on Dec. 21. Investigation findings: Inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health…

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