Health & Safety Institute Blog

February 9, 2018

Deadly Falls and Construction Work

Most employees in the EHS realm know that falls are among the most serious of workplace accidents. A new database shows just how deadly an on-the-job fall can be.

The Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has tracked workplace fatalities since 1982. Several states also use the FACE model for their own data gathering and prevention strategies. Now the Center for Construction Research and Training has created a database of the investigation results found in FACE reports:

“[T]o provide information on the circumstances surrounding work-related fatalities, and the recommendations [that] are crucial for injury prevention. The CFD [Construction FACE Database] contains data from both NIOSH and State FACE reports on construction-related fatalities (total of 768 deaths) that were posted as of June 30, 2015.

A recent article in Safety + Health highlights the following data points from the project:

  • 42 percent (325) of the fatalities involved falls.
  • 54 percent of the workers killed had no access to a personal fall arrest system, and 23 percent had access to a personal fall arrest system (PFAS) but did not use it.
  • Most of the workers with no access to PFAS worked for residential building contractors and contractors in the roofing, siding and sheet metal sectors.
  • 107 of the 325 falls were from 30 feet or higher.
  • 20 percent of the 768 deaths occurred in the victims’ first two months on the job.

You can search FACE reports here.

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Addresses OSHA 29 CFR 1910.25, 1910.26 and 1910.29
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