Everyone experiences stress at work. No matter your job, there are always frustrations and setbacks that can have you feeling like you’ve barely survived the day. While we can all feel beaten up by work from time to time, there are some occupations that pose a genuine threat to health and safety.
In the construction industry, common sources of stress may be dealing with scheduling issues or trying to find the best deal on quality tension control bolts including A325, A490, and galvanized TC bolts. Ideally, these should be the bigger worries on the job, but situations can be far more dangerous. Whether or not a company implements proper safety measures can be the difference between another day at work and a life-threatening injury.
Falls can be one of the more deadly scenarios in the construction industry, and it’s a risk that affects many professionals in the workforce. Individual workers must be responsible for their own actions when creating a safe work environment, but an employer must provide tools, training, and resources to facilitate such safety. For as suddenly as a fall can occur, precautionary measures make a major difference when keeping construction workers safe.
A new fall prevention training effort from Werner Co. is currently underway with the support of OSHA. The live, hands-on training session will include 25,000 U.S. construction workers. More than 200 individual sessions are scheduled for May 2018.
Real-life job safety scenarios and simulations will be run to show participants optimal procedures and practices for inspecting ladders, fall prevention tripods, safety harnesses, and other fall protection equipment. As OSHA has found that fall hazards and inadequate fall protection equipment are among its most frequently cited issues, this training effort is highly relevant to today’s construction industry. Falls are even ranked among OSHA’s “Fatal Four”, next to “struck-by and caught in” accidents and instances of electrocution.
Falls are also the most common cause of accidental death on the job site. This is why active measures to prevent falls and faults in protective equipment can have real, lifesaving consequences in addition to saving a lot of money for construction companies. Tens of thousands, to millions of dollars in fines can be swiftly incurred due to fall hazards and other occupational safety violations. For construction companies, preventing accidents isn’t just the right thing to do for workers, it simply makes good financial sense.
OSHA and Werner Co.’s training won’t be limited to construction professionals who are able to attend one of the 200 training sessions; Werner’s website will provide a free online course for those who wish to participate in the training remotely and get access to other work safety information.