Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new results from a survey conducted by CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training and supported by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), that gathered insights from safety and health professionals that will help advance fall protection in all industries worldwide.
ASSP noted that falls remain the leading cause of death among construction workers, and despite efforts to increase use of fall protection, 368 construction workers and 805 workers across all industries died from falls in 2020. Key findings from the survey included that lack of planning was seen as a key underlying cause of falls, the most selected primary cause for falls (27.4 percent). Lack of planning was also associated with a lower likelihood of using fall protection – the odds of using fall protection were 71% lower for individuals whose employer failed to plan. The 20-page preliminary report from CPWR provides an overview of the main survey findings, and additional reports with further analyses are planned.