Make Fall Safety a Priority

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. In 2016, 48,060 workers were injured badly enough to require days off from work, and 697 workers died in falls to a lower level.¹ Construction workers are 7 times more likely to suffer a fatal fall from height than those of other industries—but falls can happen anywhere.¹

Fall statistics by industry
Workers don’t have to fall from a high level to suffer a fatal injury. National Safety Council data from 2016 classified fall injuries and fatalities by industry:²

  • Construction: 24,700 injuries, 384 deaths
  • Transportation and warehousing: 23,490 injuries, 46 deaths
  • Professional and business services: 22,090 injuries, 111 deaths
  • Manufacturing: 22,040 injuries, 49 deaths

Preventing falls
Out of 971 construction fatalities in 2017, 366 were due to falls to a lower level and could have been prevented with proper training and equipment.² Workers must be provided with fall protection and the necessary equipment when working six feet or more above lower levels. Most important, every worker should be trained on setting up equipment properly, using equipment safely and recognizing hazards while on the job.²

Making fall safety a priority
With sufficient planning, risk assessment and the right equipment, workplace falls are preventable. The first step is to determine if working from a height is necessary or if there is an alternative way to complete the job. Here are some other ways to avoid falls:²

  • Plan ahead for job safety by identifying hazards and the necessary safety equipment.
  • Provide the right equipment to workers.
  • Properly train employees on equipment use and recognizing hazards on the job.
  • Place ladders or equipment on solid and level surfaces.
  • Position a ladder one foot away from the surface it rests on for every four feet of height and extend at least three feet over the top edge.

Online safety training videos for insured businesses
Our insured businesses and agents have access to an extensive library of safety training videos and supplemental materials. For videos on fall safety, go to and enter your username and password. Select Browse Topics, OSHA Compliance and Fall Protection. Insured businesses and agents can request login credentials by emailing (Videos provided through Long Island Productions, Inc. dba Training Network NOW, a Summit vendor).

To learn more about how to prevent falls, click here.

Be sure to contact your Summit Loss Prevention consultant if you have any questions or concerns.


  1. National Safety Council, Make Fall Safety a Top Priority, (; accessed March 15, 2019).
  2. OSHA, Fall Safety, (; accessed March 15, 2019).
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