Construction worker falls on the job are the number-one cause of death in the industry. Due to this preventable cause of fatalities and other construction work injuries, the second-annual Fall Safety Stand-Down has been announced and will be held from May 4 to 15. This call for construction industry safety is the largest occupational safety event in the United States.
Last year with nearly 1 million participants, it was successful in asking both employers and construction workers to take time to promote the prevention of workplace accidents. The hazards of falls on work sites often go unrecognized or overlooked. It is important that everyone involved in construction be aware of the many dangers of this occupation.
The Fall Safety Stand-Down is part of a larger campaign led by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, OSHA, the Center for Construction Research and Training and NORA Construction Sector Council that has been working for three years to prevent workplace falls and accidents. The Fall Safety Stand-Down is now held along with other safety events in May; the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and the National Construction Industry Safety Week.
In the event of a fall or injury while working, workers’ compensation is available to the injured worker. In California, benefits provide medical treatment for a work related injury or illness partly replace wages while recovering but do not cover pain and suffering or punitive damages. The injury or illness should be reported as soon as it occurs or is discovered. If not reported within 30 days, rights to compensation may be lost.