969 construction workers died on the job, many from preventable fallsPosted on Nov 09, 2010
And a contractor or employer has to train its employees to properly use the fall protection and have a competent person inspect the work site to make sure saftey equipment is available and used properly.
Another danger, commonly overlooked, is working above water. If the water is deeper than 2 feet, fall protection can take the place of a life jacket.
Thankfully, on construction sites around the city we are seeing more guardrails on open floors and construction workers wearing fall protection harnesses. The 34% of those deaths due to falls - over 300 - should have been prevented.