A worker in Massachusetts fell 14 feet from a wooden beam at a construction site recently, landing on a hammer and sustaining severe injuries to his back.
Although those injuries were characterized as non-life-threatening by first responders, one deputy fire chief did concede, "He'll be out of work for a while."
This is unfortunately not surprising, given that falls are one of the top causes of job site injuries nationally. Further, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports falls are the No. 1 cause of death in the construction industry. In 2013, there were nearly 300 fatal falls to a lower level. That was out of nearly 830 total deaths in the construction industry. That's about 36 percent of the total.