1. Minimising Fall Risks in Construction
Falls from heights have been identified as the biggest cause of construction industry deaths.
Even falls from relatively low heights can be deadly or debilitating and so this risk needs to be
managed. Especially when a fall from over 2 meters is a possible risk, management of the risk
While falls can occur in all industries, they are most common in the construction industry.
According to the law employers have a duty to ensure their workplace is safe and to provide
workers with a safe working environment. This means controlling the risk of falls from any
height, so before work can begin,a hazard identification should be conducted and if it finds the
need to work from a height on the site, ways of managing this risk need to be implemented.
Typical falls that cause death and injury on construction sites include those resulting from:
Using unsafe or incomplete scaffolds
Inappropriate ladders/ladder use
Falling from or through roofs
Falls from trucks
Falls into holes, pits or shafts
If the worker survives one of these types of falls, they may still suffer from serious injuries,
including fractures, spinal cord injury, concussions and brain damage.
There are many common solutions for preventing falls in the workplace, which must be
implemented in order to ensure worker safety.
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