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Falls the leading cause of death in construction

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

As someone who makes your living on an Arizona construction site, you are likely well-versed in the many dangers and hazards that exist in your line of work. You may, too, have suffered minor, moderate or serious injuries at some point during your career, and you may have suffered those injuries after falling while performing some of your job duties. At Dix & Forman, P.C., we recognize that, if you have fallen on a construction site and lived to tell about it, you are one of the lucky ones, and we have helped many clients who suffered fall-related or other injuries on the job seek appropriate recourse.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, falls on construction sites have become so commonplace in Arizona and across the nation that they are now the leading killer of modern construction workers in America. In 2017, 917 construction workers in the United States lost their lives, and 366 of those deaths were the result of construction site falls.

Part of the problem is likely that there are numerous situations that can arise in the construction industry that can lead to falls, and much of the equipment used industry-wide can also contribute to falls. Working on ladders, roofs or scaffolds is inherently dangerous, but doing so is also typically unavoidable if you make your living in construction.

There are, however, certain steps you and your employer can take to reduce your risk of falling on the job site. Consistently using appropriate fall protection and following all recommended safety protocols can reduce your fall risk to some degree, and so, too, can making sure you are always using proper equipment, such as ladders that are the correct height for a given job. You can find more on this topic on our webpage.