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Falling objects in the construction industry

Depending on the industry, a falling object can seem less of a rare occurrence and more of a common threat. In the construction industry specifically, such threats could impose dangers at any point during a shift. Not only can New York workers employed in this field face significant risks every day; just one fallen object could prove fatal. There are certain practices affiliated with this type of work that can prove more dangerous than others. 

EHS Today reported in 2016 that fall protection violations made the top of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's list of violations in 2015. With 7,402 violations, this statistic follows a trend of safety violations in recent years. Each year, OSHA records roughly 50,000 dropped object cases; EHS shares that one injury occurs from a dropped object every 10 minutes. While many argue on whether dropped object accidents are entirely preventable, EHS goes on to state that lightweight objects -- when dropped from great heights -- can create fatal accidents. EHS also criticizes the failure to create safer methods of carrying tools when working at such incredible heights, suggesting that more employers instill fall protection programs for tools as well as people.

The construction industry may inevitable pose some sort of danger, but how frequently do such disasters take place? Commercial construction resource ConstructConnect reveals that roughly 9.6 percent of all fatal construction accidents involve a falling object. When it comes to nonfatal accidents, however, falling objects take the lead. The best way to avoid these mishaps, in the opinion of ConstructConnect, is by avoiding areas where work is being done overhead. Constant use of hard hats is also a vital safety step. As EHS suggested, the use of safety methods such as netting can help prevent objects from falling and injuring other workers. To err is human, but there are ways to reduce one's chances of experiencing a workplace accident. 






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