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Injury Prevention Resources for Construction - General Construction

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The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the construction industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.

Fall Protection

Fall Protection can Save Your Life (video)

video  thumbnail This video shows the consequences of not wearing fall protection and why it's the right choice every time. (2 min. 33 sec.)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Fall Protection: Why would you work without it (video)

video  thumbnail This video takes a light-hearted approach to the serious issue of fall protection. (0 min 40 sec.)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Fall Protection (video)

video  thumbnail This six-part video highlights the need for fall protection systems in the workplace. With dramatic footage of accidents and computer animation, this video outlines the steps to develop safe practices when working from heights (11 min. 42 sec.)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Ladder Safety (video)

video  thumbnail Ladder Safety is a video designed to highlight the important safety procedures associated with ladder use on construction sites. The video uses classic B&W comedic film footage and computer graphic simulations to illustrate safe ladder techniques (13 min. 26 sec.)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
You're a Pro: Falls from elevation (video series)

Construction Safety Series CSS1 (PDF 498 KB) space
Booklet focusing on ladder safety and fall protection for residential construction.

Also available in the following languages:

Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store.

Harnessing safety (PDF 151 KB) space
This article from the January/February 2008 issue of WorkSafe Magazine outlines choosing, inspecting, and using a full body harness.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Falls from heights in constructionspace
WorkSafeBC has recently received a number of Notice of Accidents (NOAs) involving workers falling from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, etc. On average, 10 workers die every year after a fall from elevation. The links to resources in this bulletin may help to prevent similar incidents at your workplace.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Fatal Falls Preventable space
"As of mid-June, six construction workers have died in workplace accidents in 1997. Three of these deaths were due to falls from elevations, and could have been prevented." (Prevention at Work)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

An Introduction to Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PDF 545 KB) (Updated: September 2005) space
An introduction to the proper use of personal fall protection equipment. This booklet outlines the safe use and limitations of personal fall protection equipment, including safety belts, harnesses, lanyards, and lifelines.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Also available in the following languages:

* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store

Protecting workers from elevated risks space
WorkSafe Magazine article highlighting the dangers of falling from elevation.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

OSH Answers: Safety belts, harnesses, and lanyards space
Information about safety belts, harnesses, and lanyards presented in a question-and-answer format.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Falls space
OSHA construction e-tool.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

OSHA Technical Links: Fall protection space
List of "technical links" to internal and external online resources.
Source: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Preventing worker deaths and injuries from falls through skylights and roof openings space
Fatal falls may result from failure to provide appropriate guarding and fall protection for work around skylights, skylight openings, and other roof openings. This Alert describes eight deaths resulting from falls that occurred during work around these openings. It recommends measures to prevents such fatal falls.
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Preventing worker injuries and deaths caused by falls from suspension scaffolds space
"Fatal falls [from suspension scaffolds] occur as a result of defective scaffold equipment, improper installation or operation, improper training of workers, or a failure to use appropriate personal fall protection equipment. This Alert describes five incidents resulting in six deaths caused by falls from suspension scaffolds." It recommends measures to prevent serious injuries and fatal falls while working from suspension scaffolds.
Source: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Fall Protection: Construction industry favours flexibility in safety space
This Prevention at Work article (May/June 1997) looks at the impact of the WorkSafeBC's "Fall Protection Regulations" (1996) on fatal falls in the construction industry.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction (PDF 1.9 MB)
"Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction is a 47 page guide that provides practical guidance on how to eliminate or reduce risk of falling from height in the housing construction industry."
Source: Safe Work Australia

Code of Practice No.28 - Prevention of Falls in General Construction (PDF 3.2 MB)
"This compliance code applies to fall hazards associated with construction work."
Source: WorkSafe Victoria, Australia

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