Falls are the cause of nearly half of construction worker deaths in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. This was the conclusion reached by the Center for Construction Research and Training. The CPWR used information from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program to create a database of 768 fatality reports from 1982 to 2015. Utilizing the Construction FACE Database, it was determined that 42 percent of fatalities were caused by falls.
It was also revealed that 107 falls occurred at heights of 30 feet or higher. The researchers said that this was evidence that fall protection systems should be in place for those working at heights of 6 feet or more. They hope that much of the data could provide insights into how workplace fatalities occur. That information could then lead to improved safety measures.
Some of the workers who were killed lacked access to a fall arrest system, and they were likely to work for residential building contractors or those who did siding or roofing work. Furthermore, 23 percent of those who were killed in falls declined to use such a fall arrest system. Of the 325 falls that resulted in death, 20 percent involved workers who were on the job for two months or less.
Workers who have been hurt from a job site fall may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Benefits could help make up a portion of lost wages incurred while out of work because of an injury. Those who receive workers’ compensation benefits may be entitled to have medical bills and other related costs paid in full.