According to the Ohio office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry's primary cause of fatalities is falls. While many people may think that the distance a worker falls will determine the severity of injuries, OSHA says that many workers' deaths have been caused by falls from heights of less than 10 feet. OSHA prescribes strict safety regulations for the construction industry, many of which are particularly aimed at protecting workers from falling in a work-related accident.
Families throughout Cleveland and the rest of the Ohio will be heading out to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks show this weekend. Unfortunately, for about 240 people per day during the weeks surrounding Independence Day, fireworks cause injuries serious enough to land them in the emergency room.
Falls are some of the most common work-related injuries, particularly among workers at construction sites, warehouses, factories and others in physically demanding occupations. Some workplace falls involve trips, slips and stumbles on a slippery or obstructed walking surface, while others involve falls from heights due to inadequate restraint systems, broken guard rails or other factors.