Fall Safety 101: Prevention and Protection - Dakota Safety

Fall Safety 101: Prevention and Protection

CDCAndrew Miller

Falls are one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in America. A 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that more than 30,000 people died from falls that year. While falls may affect anyone, they are particularly dangerous in the workplace. Each year, more than 1 million workers’ comp claims are filed and falls account for nearly 40% of all construction deaths.

Here, we hope to educate you about the most common fall situations and provide simple guidelines to help you prevent fall-related injuries and deaths. It’s important to remember that this is just a starting point. If you have any further questions, refer to the OSHA website for more information.

 

Safety Gates and When to Use Them - Dakota Safety

Safety Gates and When to Use Them

ConstructionAndrew Miller

In 2014, there were 4,679 worker deaths. That’s 13 people dying every day – mainly from falls. The unfortunate truth is these kinds of deaths are alarmingly common. The good news is they are also largely preventable with proper safety equipment. Previously, we covered many of the most common situations when fatal falls may occur, and in this article, we’ll discuss one of the best tools for preventing falls: safety gates.

It is important to remember that this is just a starting point to cover basic information. For more details about the rules and regulations surrounding proper safety gate usage, please refer to the official OSHA website.

Portable Railing Systems – A Beginner’s Guide - Dakota Safety

Portable Railing Systems – A Beginner’s Guide

Architectural GuardrailsAndrew Miller

It only takes a second. Someone is going about their business and a quick distraction causes them to trip, maybe fall. On a flat surface, this could mean nothing; but near an unprotected edge, falls can pose serious risks and result in broken materials, injuries, or even fatalities. In 2014, falls accounted for 40% of fatalities in construction.

Some risks can’t always be avoided, but they can be managed by putting preventative measures in place. Trips and stumbles may still happen, but railings will significantly reduce the danger to your workers. OSHA standards require employers to use some combination of guardrail systems, safety nets, or harnesses at their worksites.

 

Top 5 OSHA Violations for Construction Companies - Dakota Safety

Top 5 OSHA Violations for Construction Companies

Fall ProtectionAndrew Miller

Since its formation in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has set standards to ensure all private-sector employers provide optimal workplace safety and health to their employees. Failure to comply with OSHA standards, even if it’s a small mistake, can penalize your construction company in a big way. As such, no business wants to account for the high costs that result from OSHA violations.

Here are the top 5 OSHA violations that every construction company should proactively avoid.