Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the workplace and the numbers continue to grow. Since construction work usually involves working at great heights, the trend is definitely alarming. To help curb fall hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a program that emphasizes the need for better fall protection. The campaign seems to have gathered steam, especially after the agency recently cited a Florida contractor for failing to look after the safety of its workers.
The Jacksonville contractor faced OSHA violations after an agency investigation showed that construction workers in three work areas went about their work without a fall protection system. The workers performed residential construction. Three citations were handed out. One was for allowing workers to use a stepladder's top step, prohibited by OSHA, and two were for violations of fall protection regulations. The contractor was fined more than $188,000 for the violations.