Data from a study in the US reveals falls are still responsible for majority of deaths in construction.
Five construction workers a week killed by falls, says USA’s CFOI
New data from the USA’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) says that approximately five construction workers a week are killed by falls from heights, and that nearly half of them (48.8%) are from heights of 20ft or less.
The statistics showed of the fatal falls in construction, 39% were from roofs, 33% were from scaffolds and 27% were from ladders of 10ft or less and 12% were from ladders of 25 ft. and over.
The data show that the largest percentage of the fatalities are from head injuries (over 37%), most often, probably, from falling backwards off a ladder, roof or scaffold and that in 2011, mor ethan 200 American construction workers died from falls.