Falls on construction sites are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities, a steady trend that isn’t likely to change as Canada’s construction sector grows to become the 5th largest in the world over the next decade.
Consider these statistics from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety stressing the fiscal and human costs of falls:
- 60,000 Canadian workers are injured in fall accidents annually, either on level surfaces or from heights
- 15% of all “time-loss injuries” accepted by workers comp, etc. are fall accidents
- 40% of these accidents occur from a height where Fall Protection measures should have been taken but were not.
- These “avoidable falls” combine to cost Canadian businesses between $20 to $100 million dollars
These 10 simple tips can help to avoid the dangers of workplace trips, slips and falls.