Injuries & Death:

Falls = +212,760 Workers Seriously Injured and 605 Workers Killed

302 Fatal Falls to Lower Level & 828 Total Fatalities in construction

Out of 874 Total Construction Fatalities, 337 were falls

Fall Protection: Number one OSHA Violation






Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

OSHA Rules on Fall Protection

Employers must provide safe, secure fall protection where workers are exposed to falls from the
following heights:

4′ (four feet) in General Industry Workplaces

5′ (five feet) in Shipyards

6′ (six feet) in the Construction Industry

8′ (eight feet) in Longshore Operations

Vertical Lifelines or lanyards must have: a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds and be protected against being cut or abraded

Each employee MUST be attached to:

a separate vertical lifeline

anchor points capable of supporting at least 5,000 lbs per employee attached

Employees working on a surface with an unprotected side/edge that's six feet or more above a lower
level must use fall protection (guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems)