The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report shows workplace fall injuries up slightly in 2019 at 201,180 compared to 199,900 in 2018. Reported numbers include only injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work. Falls to a lower level resulted in 48,040 injuries and falls on the same level was the cause for 153,140 injuries.
The construction industry continues to struggle in fall protection safety with fall injuries up 14% over 2018. Construction falls to a lower level caused 13,770 injuries with days away from work with an additional 7,400 falls on the same level.
Mining, quarrying, and oil & gas extraction had an 18% increase in fall-related injuries with 290 falls to a lower level and 520 falls on the same level in 2019 (930 total fall-related injuries). This was up from 770 fall-related injuries in 2018.
The wholesale trade industry had increased fall-related injuries as well in 2019. Wholesale trade fall-related injuries were up 12% over 2018. Of the 1,640 additional fall-related injuries, 1,160 were a result of a fall on the same level.
Transportation & warehousing, manufacturing, retail trade, and utilities were all down slightly in 2019. Transportation & warehousing decreased both falls to a lower level and falls on the same level for a 5% overall decrease in 2019. Manufacturing also slightly improved in both categories for a 6% overall decrease in fall-related injuries. Retail trade decreased fall injuries by 5% in 2019 with most of that recording from 1,780 less falls to a lower level. Though utilities improved overall, falls to a lower level injuries increased to 370 reported in 2019 compared to 260 the prior year.
A job site fall is a traumatic event not only physically injuring your employee, but emotionally impacting the worker, their families, and their coworkers. The costs of falls are considerable and compounding on your business. A fall injures your valuable employee, negatively impacts resources and revenue, increases insurance costs, incurs legal and medical fees, and exposes you to fines and penalties. Fall Protection Systems?is committed to partnering with you to resolve workplace fall hazards.?We provide a complete and customized solution to protect your workers and ensure compliant, reliable, and user-friendly fall protection and prevention.