We can look at fall protection statistics and realize that we still don’t have a handle on properly protecting workers at heights. But, when you see the faces and read the stories of those who have lost their lives due to falls, the problem really hits home.
The United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities (USMWF) organization publishes a weekly toll of all those who have lost their lives while working. The organization’s message—“Going to work shouldn’t be a grave mistake”—resonates with me and our firm’s commitment to protect workers at heights. Although all fatalities are recorded—not just falls—there seems to be at least one fall fatality every week.
If you ever lose motivation to give your best in your role of improving workplace safety, take a look at the weekly toll. When you personalize the losses, it’s easy to see how important our jobs are—not just to our employees, but to their families as well.