On May 9, 1995, a 55-year-old service worker on a mobile scaffold was removing a strap from an air conditioning duct. The duct fell down striking the scaffold. The worker lost his balance and fell 11 feet to the concrete floor below. He died from the injuries to his head.
Falls from scaffolds are a leading cause of injuries to service workers. All falls from scaffolds can be prevented, no matter what type of scaffold you are using, if you follow a few simple rules.
Join the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in Construction! The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 construction fatalities recorded in 2014 (BLS preliminary data). Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014.
If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on how we can improve future initiatives like this, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.
5X5: Review any accidents or near misses that occurred from the past week.