Modern Occupational Diseases Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Management and Prevention

Construction: Accessing and Working on Elevated Work Surfaces Safely

Author(s): E.A. McKenzie, Jr.*, Mathew G. Hause and Thomas G. Bobick

Pp: 256-286 (31)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815049138122010017

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


This chapter provides general information and educational resources that can explain methods to safely access elevated worksites in the construction industry and develop teaching and training tools from the provided content. Fatality data are presented to emphasize the dangerous nature of construction work at elevations. These data verify that falls from elevations are still the primary cause of fatal injuries in the construction industry. The NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is highlighted throughout the chapter. The NIOSH FACE database of fatality reports identifies risk factors and recommendations for mitigating future fatal injuries. Additionally, NIOSH research activities are discussed that relate to fall prevention and protection. The activities discussed are a sample of popular fall protection techniques available to construction workers. They emphasize creating a safe working environment using ladders, scaffolds, and lifts through proper training and awareness. Proper planning, training, and practice can reduce the potential of fatal fall-related incidents from occurring. 

Keywords: Construction, Falls, Fatalities, Hazards, Ladders, Lifts, Roofs, Safety, Scaffolds, Surveillance, Training

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