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Tips for Preventing Falls in Horizontal Construction Part 2

From contractors to Lakeland construction attorneys, there’s a common truth that we all know in the construction industry- fall incidents are happening at an alarming rate. And when they happen, workers are dying in many cases. According to OSHA, falls make up nearly 40 percent of all work-related deaths in the construction industry. This is not restricted to vertical construction. Workers on bridges and in other horizontal construction projects are at risk as well.

In the first part of our series on fall prevention, we outlined several tactics that must be implemented to keep workers safe. In this part, we will provide more guidance to help our industry reverse this trend.

Use Technology

There are several apps that can be used to alert workers of potential hazards. Apps such as the ladder safety app from NIOSH and FallClearLITE takes what construction workers have been doing for years to stay safe on ladders and when using lifelines and makes it much easier to execute.

Conduct a Safety Audit

This should be a part of what contractors do, regardless of the project. A safety audit is a review of the job site, including work areas and fall protection equipment. The audit is used to find gaps or weaknesses in worker protection so that they can be reduced or eliminated. If you have a safety program in place, this becomes the focus of the audit. As a Lakeland construction attorney would tell you, safety audits are a one of the most critical parts of maintaining a safe environment on the construction site.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.