A construction worker in Washington fell roughtly 50 feet and ended up passing away at the scene.
What caused the accident?
There aren’t too many details, but we do have some statements from witnesses. The worker was on the ladder, but he fell several stories, hitting the ground. He had been wering a safety harness, but the other workers were not sure if he was actually tied off.
Lessons to Learn
The very first thing that comes to mind is, as the operator, make sure you are properly tethered before starting to work. Also, make sure the ladder is on level ground and is stable.
For safety professionals, it is important to train your team on the correct safety precautions. Make sure you take the necessary time to get your team familiar with tie-off guidelines and rules. Have the right equipment available to them, and always make sure this equipment is in good working condition.
Accidents like the one can be prevented through proper equipment and proper training. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents like this from happening to your teammates.