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As we all know, nationally, falls are the leading killer of construction workers. Specifically in Indiana:

Findings of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health

Worker Deaths by Falls (publication No. 2000-116)

50% of fatal falls occur in the construction industry. Construction Workers make up only 6% of the workforce.

Fatal falls by location from which worker fell:

  • Building(roof /floor) 44%
  • From one level to another 8%
  • Scaffolds 19%
  • Ladders 9%

Circumstances of fatal roof-related falls:

  • From roof   80%
  • Through roof   20%

26% of fatal falls occur with employers of 12 or less employees.

40% of fatal falls occur in the first six months of the victims employment (18% in the first month)

Half of the fatal falls are from 25 feet or less.

Please share this information with your fellow workers.

If you need help or resource material call 317 232-2687.

Updated 2/6/2001