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Construction Accidents: Preventing Falls from Construction Sites

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The number one frequently given citation that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) named for the year of 2012 is Fall Protection. This means that construction sites have failed to offer up the proper protection to prevent dangerous and fatal falls, and as a result, there have been numerous accidents.

OSHA has provided a Fall Prevention Fact Sheet on their website that we would like to share with everyone. The fact sheet includes both the do’s and don’ts of construction sites.

Preventing Falls from Roofs

The Do’s

  • Wear a harness and always stay connected
  • Make sure your harness fits
  • Use guardrails or lifelines
  • Inspect all fall protection equipment before use
  • Guard or cover all holes, openings, and skylights


The Don’ts

  • Don’t disconnect from the lifeline
  • Don’t work around unprotected openings or skylights
  • Don’t use defective equipment


Preventing Falls from Ladders

The Do’s

  • Choose the right ladder for the job
  • Maintain three points of contact
  • Secure the ladder
  • Always face the ladder
  • Guard or cover all holes, openings, and skylights


The Don’ts

  • Don’t stand on top or on the top step of a ladder
  • Don’t overreach
  • Don’t place the ladder on unlevel footing


Preventing Falls from Scaffolds

The Do’s

  • Use fully planked scaffolds
  • Ensure proper access to scaffolds
  • Plumb and level
  • Complete all guardrails
  • Ensure stable footing
  • Inspect before use (by competent person)


The Don’ts

  • Don’t use a ladder on top of a scaffold
  • Don’t stand on guardrails
  • Don’t climb on cross-braces


Safety is first and foremost, especially on a construction site. It is imperative for construction site workers to know how to prevent dangerous and fatal falls, and ultimately save lives.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident, call our Ohio construction accident attorneys at 800.637.8170.

Charles Boyk
is a personal injury attorney and author practicing law in Ohio. 419-241-1395
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