Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers and cause the second-highest number of injuries. A new interactive map marks fatal construction falls and graphically conveys what numbers alone cannot.
A construction worker dies in a fall accident almost every working day. In 2010, 255 workers died and more than 10,000 were injured.
The map is one of several advances in the national Fall Fatality Campaign launched this year by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training. CPWR is the research and training arm of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD).
Government, industry, academic and labor groups are joined in the campaign, whose goal is to prevent fatal falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolds by encouraging residential construction contractors to plan ahead to get the job done safely; provide the right equipment; and train everyone to use the equipment safely.
The website, www.stopconstructionfalls.com, links to numerous awareness, action and training resources.