Joliette, QC , Aug. 5, 2014 / CNW Telbec / – return of construction holiday, the CSST wishes to recall the importance of taking all appropriate steps to prevent accidents, such as falls from height on construction sites. These represent a significant proportion of lesions recorded in this sector. Often serious injury or death.
Falling off a roof or scaffolding, fall into an uncovered hole that workers faced exterior siding on a building or shingles on a roof, each work situation is a high hazard potential should not be overlooked .
Unfortunately, every year, nearly 700 falls from height occur on construction sites in Quebec, which means 2 falls from height on an average day. In 2013, three people died.
Prevention methods exist to counter these accidents
Several steps can be taken to prevent falls and avoid having other victims:
- Minimize work at height to reduce the risk of falling. For example, the assembly is a ground-art construction that allows, among others, to construct a roof to the ground and then hoisted by means of a crane;
- Use collective means of protection, such as guardrails around openings or covers that can withstand the loads they are subjected to close holes;
- Use a safety net or a safety harness, if it proves impossible to prevent falls;
- Use ladders as a means of access and limit their use as a workstation;
- Secure ladders installing them on a stable basis and have your hands free to ascend and descend.
For the solutions and the primary means of protection to prevent accidents on construction sites, visitwww.dangerconstruction.ca . There is also evidence of the capsule Jonathan Plante , carpenter became paraplegic after a fall from height.
Link to the video of the campaign to falls from a height of CSST:http://www.csst.qc.ca/publications/900/Documents/DC900_260web.pdf .
About the CSST
CSST is one of the major players in the economy, which supports employers and workers in the prevention of occupational accidents and occupational diseases. In 2013, nearly 90,000 injuries were identified and the benefits paid by the CSST victims totaled $ 1.9 billion. Nearly 200,000 employers paying into the CSST and more than 3.7 million workers benefited from its insurance coverage. CSST makes prevention a daily commitment and safety a value company. Because Quebec needs all its workers.
Follow the CSST:
Chantal Beaudoin, regional broadcaster
Regional Directorate of CSST-Lanaudière
Tel. : 450 753-2600, ext 2719 or 1800 461-4489