The Anatomy of a Fall
Falls account for the largest percent of all work related injuries, according to OSHA. This type of injury is prevalent no matter what the working conditions, but with higher risk come more severe injuries. Falls also account for the highest percentage of deaths at the workplace. This percentage obviously becomes higher as the risk level for falls go up. This is why OSHA requires some sort of fall protection system in place.
Even falls of a short distance can result in an injury to a person. Though these injuries may not be life threatening, they will result in lost wages, medical costs, and compensations to the employee. These costs can be quite large, all of which the company is responsible for, pending negligence.
However, falls of more than six feet can cause serious injury or death. These injuries not only result in pain and suffering for the employee and/or the employee’s family, but also cost a lot of money for the company involved. OSHA has rules in place for cases of high risk. This is why prevention is the best method of defense.
Fall risks are lessened with fall protection equipment, including harnesses and lanyards. These devices keep the employee from falling or striking a surface. The employee still might incur an injury, but it will be a lesser one. In addition, these devices make a huge difference in the percentage of deaths and serious injuries each year. The success of these devices includes proper training of the employees and maintenance of the equipment on hand. To learn more about fall protection and training, contact us today at CAI Safety Systems.