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Tips to Prevent Falls in the Workplace

Rebecca Ramsey11 months ago

Depending on your industry, falls can be life-threatening. Assess your risk and follow these tips to increase your safety at work.

About Workplace Injuries

In 2017, fatal falls were at their highest level in the 26-year history of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injury, causing 887 US worker deaths.

The census provides a breakdown of events showing what caused the highest number of fatal falls in 2017. The data is listed below.

  • Fall on same level – 151
  • Fall to lower level – 713
  • Fall from collapsing structure of equipment – 48
  • Fall through surface or existing opening – 85

Fall-Related Deaths by Industry

Some industries have increased risk of death by a fall because of dangerous machinery, increased elevation, and other factors.

Below is a breakdown of the industries that caused the most fall-related deaths in 2017, as documented by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Goods Producing (natural resources, mining, etc.) – 481
  • Construction – 386
  • Service providing (trade, transportation, etc.) – 363
  • Professional and business services – 125
  • Manufacturing – 50
  • Government – 43

Preventing Injuries at Work

Injuries caused by falls are preventable as long as people remember to assess their risks and follow the tips listed below.

  • Using Tools and Equipment
    • Get proper training
    • Use the right tool for the job
    • Always use tools as intended
    • Wear safety equipment
    • Never use old or damaged equipment
    • Set up equipment on level ground
  • Using Ladders
    • Use step ladders with locking devices in the front and back
    • Always keep two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on the ladder
    • Place the ladder on a solid, level surface
    • Do not lean or reach while on a ladder
    • A straight or extension ladder should be 1 foot away from the surface it rests on for every 4 feet of height and extend at least 3 feet over the top edge
    • Wear slip-resistant shoes
    • Do not stand higher than the third rung from the top
  • General Safety
    • Always check surroundings for possible hazards
    • Check the weather forecast before working outside
    • Ask for help when you need it
    • Never attempt an activity that could endanger you

Contact an Experienced Workplace Accident Attorney

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of an individual, company, or other entity, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to talk with you and your family about your potential case. At Thomas J. Henry, we offer a free case review, and you don’t owe a thing unless we win your case. Our results speak loudly of our success in obtaining successful verdicts, settlements, and judgments for our clients.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Let us help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve.


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