Columbia Southern Construction Safety Workplace Falls Research Paper

Columbia Southern University

Question Description

OSHA has identified four categories of hazards that account for more than 50% of all construction fatalities: Falls (36.5%) Struck by object (10.1%) Electrocutions (8.6%) Caught-in/between (2.5%) The assignment is to write a research paper involving one of these four construction hazard categories. You may narrow your topic down to a more specific type of accident within the major category. For example, under falls, you could focus your research on falls from ladders. When writing the paper, consider the following questions: 1. What are the common causative factors? 2. What does data indicate? 3. What are the effective proven corrective measures? The submission must be a minimum of three pages in length, not including the title page or reference page. A minimum of three scholarly reference sources must be used from the CSU/Waldorf Online Library. Scholarly sources include: peer-reviewed journal articles (Click here to access a webinar outlining peer-reviewed articles.) safety reference books and textbooks, and other publications by safety professionals and organizations (print or online). Note that wikipedia.com, answers.com, ask.com, about.com, and similar broad-based Internet sites are not considered scholarly sources. Use government and professional safety-related sources, such as osha.gov, niosh.gov, asse.org, nsc.org, and nfpa.org. Contact your professor if you have any questions about the validity of a reference source. APA format is required. Be sure to use in-text citations for direct quotes and paraphrased information.

Final Answer




Workplace Falls


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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