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November 25 - December 6, 2013

Deaths and citations from worksite falls are reaching new highs. So why do so many workers still skip fall protection?

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Answers Votes
Supervisors and foremen don’t provide or insist on it. 32%
The macho worksite culture discourages it. 13%
The equipment is uncomfortable and/or a hassle to use. 29%
Workers aren’t adequately trained or made aware of the hazards. 26%

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Tagged categories: Accidents; Fall protection; Fatalities; Health and safety

Comment from Car F., (11/25/2013, 11:47 AM)

Lack of effective supervision and poor training are leading causes of accidents. Workers do not own or control the workplace: employers do. Employers must clearly establish safety policies and procedures, teach them to the workers and enforce them, those who do not follow the rules can be subjected to discipline,...all in the same order.

Comment from Chuck Pease, (11/26/2013, 8:20 PM)

Yup, what he said.

Comment from Simon Hope, (12/3/2013, 5:50 AM)

Poor training, poor enforcement, lack of awareness, damaged and incorrectly maintained equipment, lack of proper anchorages, there are far too many things to go wrong! Throw in cost cutting and incompetence and you have a recipe for a disaster! Accidents are only a specific combination of events that when aligned cause the whole pack of cards to collapse, most the time if it takes ten things to make an accident happen, we are running with nine aligned so it seems that luck plays more than a little part, frightening really!

Comment from Quentin Smith, (12/3/2013, 10:56 AM)

It is my experience that the foremen are the worst offenders. Working with no safety equipment at all. I also fault the customer from not stopping work and insisting that safety policies be followed. It is a sad situation. For those of you who do this, shame on you.

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