There are myriad risks that workers in dangerous industries face. Regardless of the industry, if you are not careful, you can suffer an injury even at a job that entails minimal risk. One of the most common types of workplace accidents occurs when a worker falls from an elevated height. Such an incident can occur anywhere, but there are a few industries where such accidents are particularly likely.
The following are three of the top industries for falls and fall-related injuries. If you work in any of these sectors, you should be careful and follow all safety precautions. Even if you work in another industry, be aware of the factors that could create a fall risk.
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous, so it is no surprise that it is also one of the most treacherous in terms of fall-related injuries. Construction workers sustain injuries every day due to falls that occur on build sites. Many of these happen when a worker is on scaffolding or neglects to use personal protective equipment. Workers should always check scaffolds and PPE before climbing to great heights.
Landscaping does not initially sound like a particularly dangerous job, but it can be, and falls are one of the top reasons why. If landscapers are not on the ground working, they are likely high in the air, trimming trees and handling high branches. This puts landscapers at a significant risk for falling. Even when on the ground, the risk of other objects falling is a major threat that landscapers face.
According to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, roofers face a risk of fall that is more than 60 times that of all other occupations’ combined risk. Roofers should always wear safety gear and tread carefully on the roofs they are working on. Still, falls in this industry are startlingly common, and the consequences can be devastating if not fatal. It is vital for workers in this industry to be proactive in preventing falls.