OSHA releases findings on cost of workplace falls

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Mike Rich

A study of workers compensation claims across 38 states shows the average cost of a fall for roofers and carpenters is more than double the average cost of all other occupational classifications.

The OSHA study, which looked at data from 2005-2007, found the average cost of falls from elevation at $106,000 for roofers, $97,000 for carpenters and less than $50,000 for all other industries.

A fall from elevation is considered any fall from a height greater than 6-feet not involving scaffold or ladder.

In addition to looking at cost of falls from height the study reviled the average cost of falls from ladders and scaffolding was $68,000 for roofers and $62,000 for carpenters.

To limit these types of incidents OSHA requires companies to have in place comprehensive training programs on fall protection and ladder usage.

Here at Safety Services we offer affordable training solutions to meeting these government requirements.

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