A shimmering skyscraper, a world-class stadium and an expansive suspension bridge are impressive architectural achievements, but every structure carries serious risks for the construction workers who build them. More than 80,000 construction workers suffer an injury on jobsites each year across the United States.
“Life is far too valuable not to make safety the top priority on jobsites,” says Eric Lambert, national customer solutions director at Zurich North America. “Any single incident is one too many. It’s important for all of us in the industry to take the time to collectively raise the awareness of construction safety.”
Zurich recommends that construction firms take action toward safer environments by following these six safety tips to help reduce falls.
- Assess site hazards to determine the appropriate equipment needed for a job.
2. Invest in proper equipment, ensuring it’s used appropriately and with caution.
3. Inspect and remove any fall exposures while securing materials so they don’t fall.
4. Train employees on fall protection and equipment inspection, having accountability in place for ignoring safety precautions.
5. Document safety-training activities and non-compliance with protocols.
6. Before starting work, discuss the day’s tasks, required tools and potential hazards.
“Falls from heights are a major concern on construction sites, ranking as the leading cause of death in the industry,” says Scott Rasor, head of Construction at Zurich North America. “More than 200 U.S. construction workers are killed each year from falls. Taking some time to bring safety front and center is important for our industry.”
“We try to inspire everyone in the construction industry to be leaders in safety,” Lambert says. “It’s a philosophy and strong team approach that can lead to safer projects. It can be as simple as employees meeting before each shift to discuss hazards and ways to prevent them.”
Zurich offers additional safety resources:
- Fall hazards on construction sites
- Help keep construction sites with asbestos hazards safe
- Protect workers from asbestos with the right equipment
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- Crane Risks: Best Practice or Simple Opinion?
- Help reduce crane accidents
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