Since 2014, OSHA has designated the first full week of May as National Stop Construction Falls week. This is an opportunity to stop and reflect on the hazards of railroad bridge and structure work, especially the real – and oftentimes fatal – risks that come with working at heights.
Despite an increased emphasis on safety and prevention, fatalities from falls still occur much too frequently. Wear your PPE and your fall-prevention harnesses and safety apparatuses. Do not take chances! If there is pressure to complete a task without the proper protection, DO NOT work until the job can be preformed safely.
Falls can happen at anytime when working on a railroad bridge or structure. Your life is too valuable to take shortcuts. Join us this week in re-emphasizing fall safety and pledging to do all work from heights in a safe manner.