Falls in the Workplace Make the Center for Disease Control News

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Fall injuries are a significant workers comp management burden, adding an estimated $70 billion annually to workers’ comp and medical costs in the U.S. Published data from the BLS points to 261,930 privately employed and government workers missing a day or more of work, and 798 workers dying annually from fall-related injuries. Is your workplace harboring fall hazards?

Industries experiencing the highest frequency of fall-related injuries and deaths include:

  • Construction, which holds the highest frequency of fall-related mortality.
  • Extraction occupations.
  • Health services, wholesale and retail, who hold the highest counts of nonfatal injuries.
  • Transportation and material moving.
  • Building cleaning and maintenance.

Developing strategies to reduce the toll of fall injuries
Both federal regulations and industry standards exist to aid in the prevention of falls in the workplace, including specific measures and performance-based recommendations. Unfortunately, the perpetuity of unsafe practices alongside a lackluster (or absent) safety culture across many industries continue to contribute to steady fall injury rates year after year.

Only continued, concerted efforts on the part of all involved parties, from regulators to industry leaders, unions and professional associations, safety professionals, employers and employees will bring about change. This will require knowledge, the implementation of essential safety tools and procedures, employee education, and the upholding of a safety culture in the workplace.

Do you know what causes falls?
Fall incidents in the work environment frequently involve:

  • Slippery surfaces
  • Cluttered or unstable walking/working surfaces
  • Edges that have not been identified/protected
  • Wall openings
  • Floor holes
  • Poor/unsafe ladder positioning
  • Misused fall protection

Proper workers comp management means you can’t fall into bad habits. Learn how to make better ones with the help of Minnesota Comp Advisor today.

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