Fall hazard control observed on residential construction sites.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Falls are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the construction industry. This study measured fall hazards at residential construction sites. METHODS: Trained carpenters administered the St. Louis Audit of Fall Risks and interviewed carpenters. The prevalence of fall prevention practices meeting safety criteria was counted and correlations explored. RESULTS: We identified a high prevalence of fall hazards at the 197 residential sites audited. Roof sheathing met safety criteria most consistently (81%) and truss setting least consistently (28%). Use of personal fall arrest and monitoring of unguarded floor openings were rare. Safer performance on several scales was correlated. Construction sites of large-sized contractors were generally safer than smaller contractors. Apprentice carpenters were less familiar with their employers' fall prevention plan than experienced workers. CONCLUSIONS: Safety could be improved with consistent use of recognized fall prevention practices at residential construction sites.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kaskutas, V; Dale, AM; Nolan, J; Patterson, D; Lipscomb, HJ; Evanoff, B

Published Date

  • June 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 491 - 499

PubMed ID

  • 19363784

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9058974

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0274

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ajim.20698


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States