Know your fall protection facts

December 3, 2018

Falls from heights and dropped objects can have dangerous consequences for both workers and companies. Awareness of the dangers associated with working at heights is the first step in helping prevent injuries from falls and dropped objects.


Annual Canadian fall protection occupational injuries or fatalities facts*

Falls

  • 14,000+
    injuries from falls
  • 40+
    fatalities from falls

Dropped Objects

  • 27,000+
    injuries from being struck by dropped objects
  • 30+
    fatalities from being struck by dropped objects

Fall-related injury or fatality costs per claim*

Falls from roofs
$119,000

Falls from height
$66,000

Falls from ladders
$82,000

Falls from height
$48,000


Top ten reasons why objects get dropped when working at heights

  • Inadequate risk assessment

    1. Inadequate risk assessment

    Failure to identify dropped object hazard.

  • Human factors

    2. Human factors

    Operator error, poor behaviour, complacency, neglect.

  • Inadequately stored or secured tools and equipment

    3. Inadequately stored or secured tools and equipment

    No tool lanyards or tethers being used. No containment of loose items.

  • Environmental factors

    4. Inadequate procedures

    Bad planning, no management of changing workplace hazards.

  • Failed fixtures and fittings

    5. Failed fixtures and fittings

    Corrosion, vibration, poor design, selection or improper installation.

  • Poor housekeeping

    6. Poor housekeeping

    Pre-existing hazards from previous tasks.

  • Collisions and snagging

    7. Collisions and snagging

    Lifting, travelling equipment, tag lines, service loops.

  • Inadequate inspection, repair and maintenance

    8. Inadequate inspection, repair and maintenance

    Ignoring unsafe conditions.

  • Redundant, neglected and home-made tools and equipment

    9. Redundant, neglected and home-made tools and equipment

    These should be eliminated.

  • Environmental factors

    10. Environmental factors

    Wind, sea motion, ice, snow, extreme conditions.

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