Running Head: WORKPLACE FALLS
Workplace falls resulting in fatal and nonfatal injury have increased considerably in the
past few years thereby becoming a major safety concern in the workplace. Fatal workplace
injuries from slips, trips, and falls recorded an upward trend from the year 2011 to 2016 with an
increase of 6% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). However, falls had the most significant
increase of more than 25% in the year 2016. Among the hazards that contribute to more than half
of all construction fatalities, falls take the lead with a percentage contribution of 36.5%
(OSHA.gov, 2018). The fact that workplace falls are becoming numerous and serious calls for
immediate attention among stakeholders – employers, employees, safety practitioners among
others – in creating ways of mitigating the increase. Additionally, workplace falls are a major
contributor to workplace injuries and illnesses thereby contributing greatly to reduced
productivity (OSHA.gov, 2018). To curb the increase in workplace falls, an understanding of the
causative factors and their equivalent preventive measures is necessary.
Among the workplace falls that have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational
Injuries (CFOI), the construction industry accounts for most of the falls. Since the year 2011,
construction workers have increasingly faced the largest number of fatal falls. Masons, roofers,
tree pruners and trimmers, carpenters, and truck drivers accounted for at least 25% of workers
who incurred fatal inj...
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