Thursday, July 10, 2014

Prevention Through Design to Prevent Falls

Falls to a lower level during construction and maintenance are a frequent cause of worker death and injury. One approach to minimizing fall hazards is to install permanently embedded features into buildings and structures that minimize fall hazards and foster use of fall prevention equipment. This prevention through design approach is highlighted in NIOSH's newest publication, Preventing Falls from Heights through the Design of Embedded Safety Features. The document provides recommendations that building owners and designers can use to incorporate fall prevention features into buildings during retrofits, renovations or new construction.