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OSHA offers resources to help address workplace falls

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace—the leading cause of construction worker fatalities, according to www.osha.gov.

The resources are intended to help promote awareness about common fall hazards in construction; educate job creators and workers regarding fall prevention; and reduce the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities. Continuing the goals of the Department of Labor's Office of Compliance Initiatives, the resources also will encourage and facilitate compliance evaluations.

Falls in the workplace can be prevented if employers plan ahead to ensure a job is done safely, provide the correct equipment and train workers to use equipment properly. OSHA is working with industry stakeholders to provide informative compliance assistance resources.