The Importance of Safety from Above

An article at EHS Today’s website reminds readers that safety in the workplace is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to falling objects, large and small. Wherever a job is being conducted, whether just a few feet or dozens of stories above our heads, the potential for harm is always present. The terrible crane collapse in Seattle last month showed that omission of any steps to prevent danger can lead to tragic injury and even death.

Falling objects or equipment accounted for just over five percent of workplace injuries in 2017 and were the third leading cause of injury in construction. Falls are also a significant cause for concern as nearly 900 workers fell to their deaths in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Three Simple Steps

While no workplace or job site can be made completely safe from harm, the article at EHS Today offers three steps to promote increased safety.

  1. Employers should follow best practices. An example is the American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions. This standard was adopted last year by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).
  2. Don’t settle for acceptable risk. The potential for injury and even death should not be normalized as a cost of doing business.
  3. Realize that actions can affect the safety of ourselves and others. The laws of gravity and physics apply to everyone. Be aware of situations and surroundings, and don’t hesitate to keep others out of harm’s way.

Read more at “It’s Time to Elevate Safety at Heights” by clicking here.

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