The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is placing increased emphasis on its efforts to prevent deadly falls in the construction industry.
In 2012, fall-related construction deaths increased to 294 and thousands more were injured.
NAHB supports the continuing education of fall protection safety practices in the residential construction industry and therefore supports OSHA’s campaign to help keep residential construction workers safe on the job.
Proper fall protection practices not only save the lives of a company’s employees, it also minimizes the risk of the business receiving costly fines and increased workers’ compensation claims.
Builders can protect their workers and their businesses by following these three simple steps:
- PLAN ahead to get the job done safely — conduct an assessment to identify and correct fall hazards on the job site and perform regular inspections to ensure compliance with OSHA regulations.
- PROVIDE the right equipment — use the right type of ladders, scaffolds and fall protection equipment to get the job done.
- TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely — workers must recognize fall hazards on the job site and how to use safe practices that prevent accidents.
Safety Pays; Falls Cost campaign materials and information can be found at www.osha.gov/stopfalls. More information and member resources on fall protection are at nahb.org/fallprotection.