OSHA Campaign to Reduce Fall Accidents in Carolinas

Safety officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are working to spread the word about a work safety campaign that is being used to help to protect workers in the construction industry.

Fall accidents in the Carolinas are a leading cause of construction accidents. Nationwide, there were more than 10,000 employees in the construction industry who were injured from fall accidents while working from heights in 2010. More than 250 workers were killed in these accidents.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, with OSHA, made the announcement of the launch of the new campaign at the Action Summit for Worker Safety and Health. This was one of the many events held to honor Workers’ Memorial Day. This Memorial Day is used to recognize all of the workers who we lost as a result of accidents that could have been prevented. The Los Angeles event was held by officials with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the Labor Occupational Safety and Health program of Los Angeles and the University of California.

Our Greensboro workers’ compensation attorneys understand that there were nearly 5,000 employees killed at work across the country in 2010. During the same year, there were about 150 workers who were killed on the job in the state of North Carolina, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Nationwide, more than 10 percent of all fatal work accidents were the result of a falls to a lower level. Falls are the second leading cause of fatal work accidents among all industries behind transportation accidents. What’s most unfortunate about these kinds of accidents is that they’re easily prevented. Workers and employers clearly require more education, more training and more preventative resources to help to reduce the risks of these accidents.

According to Solis, the best way to honor workers who we’ve lost is to recognize them on Workers’ Memorial Day and to work harder to make sure that no other families have to endure the pain and suffering that accompany these kinds of accidents. Falls are the deadliest of accidents in the construction industry. They are also one of the most avoidable. Solis adds that about a third of all constriction worker fatalities are fall-related. The message of the new campaign is a simple one — Safety Pays. Falls Cost.

The new fall campaign was created by officials with OSHA and with those at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as well as NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda program. Officials will be working with everyone in the construction industry to help to provide the proper education, safety materials and preventative measures to help to eliminate the risks of these kinds of accidents.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in the Carolinas, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers here at Lee Law Offices, P.A. to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Fall Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere: Preventable On The Job, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 28, 2012

Heat-Related Work Accidents in Rock Hill and Elsewhere Likely through Summer, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 26, 2012

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