When you go to work on a construction site, you are likely careful about taking precautions to prevent injurious and deadly falls. However, construction falls still happen and are a constant risk when you go to work.
According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, falls on construction sites are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the construction industry. Although your employer should provide equipment and invest in practices to reduce the risk of falling, there are things you can do as a construction worker to prevent falling while doing your job.
Wear a properly fitting harness
Whenever you work at a height above six feet, always wear a full-body harness. Make sure your harness fits properly before starting the job – the harness should be snug without restricting your full range of motion.
Inspect your fall protection equipment
At the beginning of your workday, fully inspect your fall protection equipment. Watch out for abrasions, loose threads, pulled rivets or cuts that could weaken your equipment’s overall strength and durability.
Use lifelines and guardrails
A lifeline keeps you from hitting the ground below you while working while a safety guardrail establishes a barrier on the edge of a rooftop to keep a fall from occurring. Make sure you know how to use both of these systems based on the requirements of different job sites.
If you do end up falling at work, you could incur serious injuries that threaten your ability to live a normal life. Take legal steps to protect your interests to fair and proper compensation as you work on recovering from the accident.