969 construction workers died on the job, many from preventable falls
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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.