Falls from height are a serious workplace hazard that, unfortunately, still claim many lives and cause serious injuries. Even though we can understand the danger of falling from height, we cannot assume that everyone is automatically aware of all the fall hazards that may exist on a worksite.
This is why employers are required to provide their workers with protection against such hazards. While the exact height at which employers have to provide protection varies from country to county, sometimes even from state to state, there should be measures in place to protect a person from any fall that could cause personal injury or death.
Falls from height
Falling from any height is dangerous and could have deadly consequences. The higher we are, the more we are aware of the risk of the fall. However, falling from lower heights causes serious injuries as well. After all, the human body has no time to react and try to ‘break’ the fall by landing on your feet. This can result in serious head, neck or back trauma.
When working at height, awareness is very important. Employees who get wrapped up in their task can forget their proximity to an edge with dangerous consequences. Awareness of the hazard will help combat it.
Safety managers are confronted with a wide range of situations that present a danger to workers’ lives. Here are some fall hazards that every safety manager should know about.