Falls can occur in any workplace industry or setting – industrial, construction or office. Any walking/working surface in the workplace could be a potential fall hazard. According to the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics, 67 work-related fatalities resulted from falls (the third leading cause of fatalities). Forty-three percent of the falls occurred in the construction industry.
Employers should use appropriate controls such as personal protective equipment, fall arrest systems, ladders, scaffolds, safe lifting techniques, and housekeeping to prevent falls in the workplace. They should train all employees who may be exposed to fall hazards on how to recognize such hazards, and how to minimize their exposure to them.
- Fall Protection for the Construction Industry (English / Spanish)
- Ladder Safety – Take 5 for Safety (English / Spanish)
- Office Safety Workplace Program (English / Spanish)
- Preventing Slips and Trips – English /Spanish
- Scaffold Safety (English / Spanish)
- Slips and Falls Prevention Take 5 for Safety (English / Spanish)
- Safety videos (related safety training audiovisual materials can be found under "Construction Safety," "Fall Protection," "Ladder Safety," and "Scaffolding Safety")
- Center for Construction Research and Training
- National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – Fall Injuries Prevention in the Workplace
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Fall Protection in Residential Construction
- OSHA Fall Prevention Campaign: Plan. Provide. Train
- OSHA – Fall Protection
- OSHA – Preventing Fatal Falls in Construction
- OSHA – Residential Fall Protection