Pennsylvania workers deserve a safe environment to do your jobs. Workplace regulations are in place to ensure this happens. While these regulations often help provide a safe environment, they do not prevent every incident.
Fall incidents are particularly prevalent. Because of this, it is important to know as much as you can about them.
What causes falls?
The National Safety Council discusses why fall hazards are so prevalent in the workplace. Unfortunately, most fall incidents happen due to preventable causes. Among the most common are:
- Old and broken equipment
- A lack of safety gear
- Prioritizing speed over safety
- Lack of education on safety matters
It is important to identify whether your workplace has these problems. After doing that, you can work on fixing these basic issues. In doing so, you can potentially decrease the number of falls that happen on the job.
Which fields are the riskiest?
Some jobs hold more dangers than others, too. For example, the field of construction has the highest rate of fatal falls. 384 of the 24,700 people injured died. By contrast, employees in education and health had the fewest fatalities with 18 out of 43,660 injuries being fatal ones.
Wholesale trade employees suffered the fewest number of fall injuries in general at 10,250. Meanwhile, government workers suffered the highest rate at 63,350. Get to know the fall statistics in your unique industry, including how many injuries happen annually and how many of those are fatal. This can tell you a lot about the fall safety of the industry, which can let you know what issues still need to get fixed.