As Hampton Roads residents, we see that new construction is everywhere. Roads and buildings are going up left and right! We see it while driving, while shopping, and even on the news. New construction is happening all around us. The high volume of construction allows for an increased risk of injury on the work site among the employees, especially in relation to falls.
One of the most common injuries in construction is falls. It’s important for employers and employees to be aware of this statement, and see the severity of fall related injuries in order to prevent injuries in the future.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a fall prevention campaign to decrease the chance of falls in the construction workplace. The campaign provides educational resources, materials and training that can all be found online. It was rolled out with the hopes of raising awareness on common fall hazards, and how falls can be prevented in the future by highlighting three key points:
Plan-Plan projects ahead so they can be done safely
Provide– Provide the right type of equipment for the job
Train– Give each employee the proper training on set up, equipment, and hazards of job
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health noted there was a reported 261,930 of workers who missed work due to fall related injuries, and that fall related injuries can cost up 70 billion a year in the United States in worker’s compensation and medical costs! One way of decreasing those falls and costs are by educating ourselves on the issue in order to prevent future cases using programs like OSHAS Fall Prevention Campaign. This campaign provides educational resources, materials, and training that is all found online. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/index.html
What You Can Do?
Employees: Be sure to follow company safety rules, guidelines, and ask questions. They are in place for a reason! Most importantly, if something seems like a potential hazard, don’t be afraid to speak up and let your supervisor know!
Employers: Provide your employees with proper training, safety measures, and do your homework! There are plenty of resources available. For example, the “Plan, Provide, and Train” program can be implemented within your company.
How Can Hampton Roads Urgent Care (HRUC) Help?
One of the specialties at HRUC is occupational medicine. The goal of Hampton Roads Urgent Care is to treat work related injuries such as falls. If you happen to become injured in the workplace, keep HRUC in mind to get you back and work ready shape! Hours are flexible, and go beyond traditional business hours. We are open Monday- Friday from 8:00am-7:00pm, and on Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm.