CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training is inviting contractors to participate in a survey on common underlying causes of falls from heights to improve fall protection.

February 17, 2021

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Despite ongoing efforts by safety & health professionals and industry stakeholders to improve awareness and use of fall prevention and protection solutions, falls continue to be the leading cause of death in the construction industry. According to recent occupational data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatalities from falls, slips, and trips increased 11% overall in 2019, to 880 total deaths. In construction and extraction occupations alone, 408 workers died.

To better understand and prevent both fatal and non-fatal falls, more information is needed about their root causes. So, we’re asking contactors to tell us about a fall incident or incidents that they have experienced, witnessed, or investigated.

CPWR worked closely with the ANSI Z359 National Work at Heights Task Force and the NORA Construction Sector Council Falls Work Group to develop the survey, which aims to fill in some of the gaps in information available on common underlying causes of falls from heights. We hope to better understand the needs of the industry and the intricacies of how different organizational, human, and physical factors can interact to cause a fall. We will use the results to guide the development of new CPWR and NORA materials in support of the National Campaign & Annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction – such as planning resources for contractors, handouts for workers, and on-demand webinars – and to inform the voluntary standards put forward by the ANSI Z359 Committee. For more information about the survey and its goals, you can view our on-demand webinar, Identifying Common Root Causes of Falls from Heights

The survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. No attempt will be made to connect a response back to the individual. If you are interested in participating in a more in-depth conversation with CPWR about your experience, you will have the option to provide your contact information at a separate and secure link, not connected with your survey responses. The results of the survey will only be reported in aggregate, and no identifying information will be shared.


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