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Dramatic fall prevention videos available online

True stories of fatalities can help train workers

May 3, 2013
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Two short, dramatic worker safety videos presenting the hazard of fatal falls on the job are now available online. Produced by the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, with support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the videos illustrate true stories about the death of a worker who fell through a skylight and a solar installer who fell off a roof. The videos explain the events that led up to these deaths and what could have been done to prevent them. The five-minute videos will be used in worker trainings to prevent similar deaths. Watch the skylight video and the solar installer video.

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, and OSHA is working with NIOSH and the National Occupational Research Agenda to get the word out about how to "Plan, Provide, Train" to prevent fatal falls. To learn more, visit www.osha.gov/stopfalls.

One video explains "the events that led to a roofing supervisor's death after he fell 30 feet through a warehouse roof skylight onto a floor," according to text accompanying the video, which is in English and runs five minutes and 40 seconds. "Photographs from the fatality investigation are supplemented with scenes recreated by co-workers who were there that day. Fall prevention recommendations are highlighted. Roofing and construction companies are encouraged to include this video as part of a comprehensive safety training program."

To order, call 510-620-5757, or email FACE@cdph.ca.gov.

 

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