Primary Prevention: Preventing Falls before They Occur
Fall injuries are preventable. Findings from the NIOSH FACE reports (1982 to present) show that among 324 identified construction fall fatalities, only 5.6% of the decedents were using fall protection. To prevent fall injuries, a wealth of training materials have been developed; including hazard alert cards, videos, toolbox talks, Construction Solutions Database, on-line library (eLCOSH), OSHA Construction eTool, and NIOSH ladder safety app. There have been over 100,000 downloads of individual toolbox talks in this series. Post-tests showed the proportion of workers who intended to inspect ladders before use increased from 44% to 83% after they watched the CPWR video, “Don’t Fall for It.”
To bring national awareness to the risk of occupational falls, CPWR joined with OSHA and NIOSH to launch the Fall Prevention Campaign. This national campaign provides resources to assist employers and workers with their fall protection plans and programs through the campaign website StopConstructionFalls.com and an annual Stand-Down event. Over one million construction workers participated in the 2015 event.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe the extent of fatal and nonfatal injuries caused by falls in the nation, focusing on the construction industry. Name resources on fall prevention including training materials, websites, campaigns, and the effectiveness. Identify at least three awareness efforts that CPWR has mounted to reduce the rate of fatalities from falls.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have done research on occupational safety and health for 20 years, focusing on the construction industry. Iâm the author of numerous publications, including several articles on work-related falls. Currently, Iâm PI of three projects funded by NIOSH. I have a doctoral degree in public health and a masterâs degree in economics.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.