Fall Protection

FHS_fall_protection_overview

The Industry Leader in Fall Protection Systems

  • Falls to a lower level represent the single most dangerous injury in the general construction industry.
  • (666) Workers were killed in 2011 from slips and falls in the general construction industry which accounted for 14% of fatal work injuries in the United States. Out of those falls, 17% of them occurred from a height of 10’ or less and 19% occurred from a height of 30’ or less.
  • (472) Workers were killed in 2011 from being struck by objects, 46% of them were struck from falling objects.
  • In 2011 the construction industry accounted for the second most workplace fatalities not far behind the first being the transportation industry.
  • Falls are the “leading” cause of nonfatal unintentional injuries that are treated in Hospital ER departments.
  • Although settlements involving fatalities from falls in the workplace vary by situation and circumstance, the average amount paid out by an employer starts around $1.3 million. 
  • The average workers chances of dying from a fall related injury are 1/171
  • On average workers compensation claims for an employee injured from a fall are between $40,000.00 – $50,000.00 unless that injury involves head trauma which it then starts at $85,000.00 and goes up.
  • Injuries involved in a fall are the fifth leading cause of days missed from work which is an average of 3 weeks.
  • These 5 regulations are among the most commonly cited by OSHA during a typical inspection: 
    • 1.) 501(b)(1) Unprotected sides & edges (1718)
    • 2.) 501(b)(13) Fall protection – Residential construction 6’ or more (1659)
    • 3.) 503(a)(1) Fall hazards training program (1055)
    • 4.) 501(b)(10) Fall protection – Roofing work on low-slope roofs (516)
    • 5.) 501(b)(11) Fall protection – Steep roofs (305) 
  • Each employee engaged working at a height of 6’ or more must be protected from falls by:
    • Guardrail systems
    • Safety nets
    • Personal fall arrest or fall restraint
  • If employer can demonstrate infeasibility or greater hazard, a fall plan must be developed – burden of proof is on employer.
  • Anchorage points and horizontal lifelines involving Fall Arrest systems must have the following:
    • Must support 5000 lbs. per employee.
    • Be designed by a qualified person 
    • Have a safety factor of 2.
    • Limit employee fall to 6’ & not contact lower work/walk surface
  • Here are just a few fall related settlements compliments of (LawyersandSettlements.com):
    • Roofer Injured in Fall Awarded $16.6 Million (Miami, FL. Nov-24-10)
    • Steelworker’s Death – Prost Builders Inc. and Pro Building Solutions Inc. agree to $335,000 settlement after employee falls to his death. (Columbia, NC. Feb-28-08)
    • Safety Violations Murphy Oil USA Inc. to pay $179,100 settlement in occupational safety violations lawsuit. (Superior, WI. Feb-26-08)
    • Bridge Painter Aetna Bridge Co. pays painter $5.5 million personal injury settlement after falling 55 feet onto concrete. (Providence, RI. Jan-30-08)
    • Construction Companies Construction suffers fall on job, receives a $1.5 million settlement. (New York, NY. Mar-9-07)
    • $3,500,000 settlement for the death of a construction worker who fell from a building during construction as a result of improper safeguards and inadequate fall protection. (www.anesilaw.com)
    • $3,850,000 settlement for an ironworker who fractured his heel and an ankle in a fall. (www.anesilaw.com)
    • $1,650,000 settlement for a millwright who fractured his heels and pelvis in a fall from a ladder. (www.anesilaw.com) 

FALL PROTECTION SYSTEMS INCLUDE: