Fall Protection.docx - Why Does OSHA Have a Standard for Fall Protection Historically falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction

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Why Does OSHA Have a Standard for Fall Protection?Historically, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction, accounting for about one-third of all fatalities in the industry. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 291 fatal falls to a lower level in construction in 2013, out of 828 total fatalities. OSHA recognizes that incidents involving falls are generally complex events, frequently involving a variety of factors. Consequently, the standard for fall protection deals with both the human and equipment-related issues in protecting workers from fall hazards. This publication is intended to help workers and employers better understand the Fall Protection in Construction standard’s requirements and the reasons behind them.What are Employers’ Responsibilities to provide Fall Protection?Initially, employers must assess the workplace to determine if walking or working surfaces have the

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