Workplaces across the country contain numerous potential hazards. However, those who work from heights on a regular basis are especially at risk. Falls from heights can lead to catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.
Often, falls that occur in the workplace could have been prevented. As a result, it is important to consider why this type of accident occurs. Outlined below are three common errors that lead to falls from heights:
1. Poorly maintained safety equipment
Fall protection equipment offers a safety net to employees who work from heights. However, it is vital that this equipment is regularly maintained. Typically, maintenance should be well documented and equipment should be inspected before each use. Equipment that has not been adequately maintained is more likely to malfunction, which significantly increases the chance of a serious injury.
2. Lack of training
Generally, employees should be trained before being tasked with working from a height. A well-trained employee is likely to be more aware of ways to prevent an accident. Additionally, in the event that something does go wrong, they will be better equipped to deal with the situation.
3. The use of improper equipment
Frequently, both employees and employers are under pressure to meet tight deadlines. It might be the case that the appropriate equipment is not available for the task at hand. This could cause delays in the work being completed. Under these circumstances, it might be tempting to cut corners and use improper equipment. However, using inadequate equipment when working from a height poses a significant threat of injury.
Recognizing some of the common errors that result in falls could be in your best interests. If you have been injured as a worker, there may be legal options available to pursue a claim for workers’ compensation.