Construction's Fatal Flaw: Falls
Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015, 937 or 21.4% were in construction — one in five. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry? Falls. Decreasing the incidence and likelihood of workplace falls could save hundreds workers' lives in America every year.
- Falls — 364 out of 937 total deaths in construction in CY 2015 (38.8%)
- Struck by Object - 90 (9.6%)
- Electrocutions - 81 (8.6%)
- Caught-in/between* - 67 (7.2%)
Three of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations in FY2016
Even when the best safety equipment is used (and it often is not), it can become a hazard itself. The most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016) all involved elevated work spaces and equipment:
#1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
#3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
#7. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
Ladders: Technology from Cave Dwellers
Ladders, safety lines and planks are a prehistoric solution to a modern problem. Human Lift is a construction lift-bucket for a new era. It brings unmatched safety and efficiency to every step of the project--from set up and supply hauling, to breakdown and clean up.
With Human Lift's exceptional hauling capacity, there's no need for rickety solar panel lifts or expensive, ineffective roofing hoists. One person can transport supplies and get the job done with an unlimited range motion in a comfortable, ergonomic position. Less danger and fatigue, plus enhanced efficiency means happy, productive workers and more profitable projects.