WorkSafeBC has begun a campaign designed to reduce the number of workers who are injured due to falls from heights. According to the agency’s recently published 2013 Statistics, between 2004 and 2013, there were 22,610 serious injuries and 92 worker deaths due to falls from height, with most of those occurring within the construction industry. In fact, one out of every four claims made in the construction industry are related to falls, and they represent the most frequent and costly incidents in that particular industry.
The construction workers most commonly injured in falls from height include labourers, roofers and carpenters, with the most common falls coming from ladders or scaffolding or from a roof. The most common reasons for these falls, as cited in the statistical survey, include companies attempting to you’llsave more time and money, a lack of leadership and, of course, a lack of proper training. Other factors WorkSafeBC cites in their research include an overall failure on the part of many companies to create a culture of safety, which results in an increased risk due to peer pressure and the development of poor work habits.
The new campaign attempts to address all of the above, and includes a variety of new resources designed to increase awareness of the hazards that all workers face, and to encourage employers to create a stronger safety culture and better train workers to protect themselves. The materials include a number of hardhat stickers, posters and signage to remind both employers and workers that;
“Focusing on safety won’t make your crew look down on you. Falling will. Speak up for safety.”