Falls consistently represent the number one cause of construction worker fatalities in the United States. While there are many causes of fall incidents and several prevention strategies, this article will focus predominantly on Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS).
The civil engineers at Robson Forensic have investigated hundreds of construction fall injuries over the years; the misuse, lack of use, or use of inadequate fall arrest equipment are common themes in many of these investigations.
In the first part of this three-piece article on trench collapses, the civil engineers at Robson Forensic discuss soil identification, which is an important step in determining which protective method is appropriate for protecting workers in, and around, trenches.
In the second part of this three-piece article on trench collapses, the civil engineers at Robson Forensic discuss why trenches collapse and provide an introduction to some of the most common methods used to protect workers in, and around, trenches.
Fall-through hazards (i.e. holes) are among the myriad of safety concerns commonly found on construction sites. Contained within OSHA’s Fall Protection regulations, a ‘hole’ is defined as a gap or open space in a floor, roof, horizontal walking-working surface, or similar surface that is at least 2 inches (5 cm) in its least dimension.
In this article, Civil Engineer & Construction Safety Expert, David Gardner shares the steps that should be taken on a construction site to prevent falls and other injuries related to holes.
David Gardner, P.E. was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 8, 2016 to discuss construction safety standards relevant to hot work and fire prevention. Excerpts from the interview are quoted below along with a link to the full story.