05:39 03 Jun 2013
The Cost of Employee Falls and What You Can Do to Prevent Them
Source: (Work in Progress)
Worker injuries, illnesses and deaths don’t just hurt workers, families, co-workers and communities. They also take a great toll on our economy. Our nation’s largest provider of workers compensation data — the National Council on Compensation Insurance — found that from 2005 to 2007, 38 states reported that falls from elevations cost insured roofers $54 million per year. The average cost to an employer when a roofer falls from an elevation is about $106,000 per injured roofer – that’s enough to put a small roofing company out of business.
Falls can be prevented, and lives can be saved when employers take three simple steps: plan, provide, train. Plan ahead to get the job done safely, provide the right equipment for the task at hand and train everyone to use the equipment safely.
To spread the word, OSHA is kicking off a second year of the Campaign to Prevent Fatal Falls with its partners, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Center for Construction Research and Training.