OSHA and NIOSH Join in Fall Prevention Push
From OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs –
OSHA, NIOSH, and NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector Council have launched a campaign to prevent falls in construction. Falls are the leading cause of deaths in the construction industry, accounting for almost one in every three construction worker deaths in this country. In 2010, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured as a result of falling while working from heights, and another 255 workers were killed. The campaign will focus on falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs, the three leading types of fatal falls.
We encourage you to help us promote this campaign by raising awareness among workers and employers about fall hazards and by providing information they can use to prevent injuries and deaths. OSHA worked with NIOSH to develop two new publications to support the campaign. The publications were designed for vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency.
These publications and other resources are available on the OSHA Web site at www.osha.gov/stopfalls/, the NIOSH Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/construction/stopfalls.html, and the Center for Construction Research and Training’s Web site at http://www.stopconstructionfalls.com.