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NIOSH recently published a study analyzing work-related fatal falls from 2003-2014. In the eleven years that were studied, 8,880 workers died from fatal falls, with construction and extraction, installation, and maintenance and repair having the highest fatal fall rates. Of the fatalities, 7,521 were falls to a lower level, 1,128 were falls from the same level, and 231 were “other types of falls.” FAll rates were also higher among men, older workers and Hispanic workers. 45 percent of fatal falls to a lower level occured in organizations with 10 or fewer employees. Along with statistics about falls, the study cited guidelines from the National Fall Prevention Campaign to aid employers in ending fatal falls in the workplace.
Below are the guidelines on how to prevent falls in your workplace.
OSHA provides educational materials and resources to aid in training on fall prevention.