Working from Heights – Don’t Fall for these Seven Deadly Mistakes
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Falls from heights injure or kill at least one worker every day in North America. In the construction industry, falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities in both the United States and Canada. If you are lucky enough to survive a fall, you are often left disabled, paralyzed, or unable to work or enjoy activities outside of work with your family and friends.
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
Falls can occur from ladders, scaffolds, roofs or other elevations. They are a risk faced daily by construction workers, painters, window washers, firefighters, and anyone else who works at heights. You don’t have to be very high off the ground to die from a fall. In fact, more than 50 percent of fall deaths in the construction industry occur from falls of 20 feet (6 metres) or less. That’s about the height of a common job site extension ladder.