•Fall victims ranged in age from 18 to 72 years old. Most of the accidents, however, were to workers between the ages of 20 and 39. •Falls resulted primarily from slippery surfaces, trips or a loss of balance. •The length of service did not appear to be a significant factor, however training did. •The average lost time due to a fall is 60 days. •50% of all victims fall from ladders and scaffolds.
•53% of the falls occurred a distance of 10 feet or less. •Most victims were not using fall protection.
•More accidents occur in the morning than any other time of day. •Falls are the leading causes of fatalities and catastrophes investigated by OSHA
•The safety net that stretched the length of the bridge gave the workers a sense of protection and enabled them to move about more freely. •It could not prevent the tragedy of February 17, 1937. •Just three months before opening day, a scaffold beneath the roadway broke loose, ripping through the net, plunging it into the water. •11 men died during this time, but the death toll would have been higher had it not been for the use of a safety net stretched under the span. 19 men
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