Make fall prevention a top priority

Falls continue to be a leading cause of workplace injuries, and OSHA’s data from 2016 proves it:

“Fatal work injuries from falls, slips or trips continued a general upward trend that began in 2011, increasing 6 percent to 849 in 2016, and 25 percent overall since 2011. Falls increased more than 25 percent in 2016 for roofers, carpenters, tree trimmers and pruners, and heavy tractor-trailer truck drivers.”(1)

OSHA resources

In 2017, the most frequent OSHA-standard citations were issued for fall protection violations.(2) Click here for OSHA’s requirements and an overview on fall prevention.

Safeguards

Falls are preventable—the power is in your hands to reduce the dangers in your workplace. Train your employees to ensure stable footing at all times, no matter what the working conditions, and be sure to follow these precautions from the National Safety Council:(3)

  • Provide the proper safety equipment and train your employees on correct usage.
  • Identify and eliminate potential hazards before starting a job.
  • Make sure you have level ground to set up your equipment.
  • Never work in inclement weather.
  • Install and use handrails on stairways.
  • Be sure to have the correct tools for the job, and use them properly.
  • Maintain three-point contact when using a ladder. Always keep two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on the ladder.
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes.
  • Keep walkways, floors and other surfaces clear of clutter.
  • Maintain adequate lighting indoors and outdoors.

Online safety training videos for policyholders

Our policyholders and agents have access to an extensive library of safety training videos and supplemental materials. For videos on fall prevention, go to www.trainingnetworknow.com and enter your username and password. Select Browse Topics, OSHA Compliance and Slips, Trips & Falls. Also, you can click here to view our recommended video, Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention. Policyholders and agents can request login credentials by emailing SafetyResourceRequest@summitholdings.com. (Videos provided through Long Island Productions, Inc. dba Training Network NOW, a Summit vendor)

Please contact your Summit loss prevention consultant if you have any questions.

  1. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm
  2. https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html
  3. https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/safety-topics/slips-trips-falls
The information presented in this publication is intended to provide guidance and is not intended as a legal interpretation of any federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations applicable to your business. The loss prevention information provided is intended only to assist policyholders of Summit managed insurers in the management of potential loss producing conditions involving their premises and/or operations based on generally accepted safe practices. In providing such information, Summit Consulting LLC does not warrant that all potential hazards or conditions have been evaluated or can be controlled. It is not intended as an offer to write insurance for such conditions or exposures. The liability of Summit Consulting LLC and its managed insurers is limited to the terms, limits and conditions of the insurance policies underwritten by any of them.