Thursday, October 5, 2017

Falls Are Leading Cause of Fatalities in Construction!

NYC Construction Worker Plummets 28 Floors to his Death

(The worksite where he died has been cited nine times since January.)

Authorities are saying that a 43-year old concrete worker who plummeted 28 stories to his death on Sept. 21 probably fell through a hole in the floor at the Manhattan high rise. The building, 1 Seaport, is a luxury residential building in the Financial District, featuring condos selling for $1.2 million to $7.5 million. 

The worker was laying concrete on the 29th floor of the building when he fell through an apparently unguarded hole in the floor and landed on the second floor of the building. Another worker at the site – which was issued a partial stop-work order from the New York Department of Buildings on Sept. 20 for “possible unsafe crane operation” – told Newsday that he heard a “big thump” and later realized it was the body of the worker. 

The all-glass 1 Seaport Residences building rises 670 feet and is described on the project's web site as "a modern lighthouse." The features 80 condos, which are encased in floor-to-ceiling glass.

According to news reports, nine violations resulting in fines have been issued to the project since January.  

Source:  EHS  Today  Construction Safety  Sandy Smith | Sep 21, 2017

The above story is exactly why we require daily 5-minute safety huddles before we commence performing construction tasks.  This is why we have 58 Safety Advocates/Coordinators.  This is why we train all of our employees to always be scanning for hazards, to report the hazards and to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate the hazards or to bring them to an acceptable level of risk.  

Make this morning's daily 5-minute huddle count!

Have a Safe Day!