Video shows 14-year-old boy’s terrifying fall off the roof while doing construction; contractor cited

Anyone who takes safety seriously should find this video difficult to watch.  We’d like to think that it’s a one-off, but deep down, we know it’s not.  Incidents like this play out every day across America, both at work and in our personal lives.  This one happened to be caught on a surveillance camera.

In Fiscal year 2019, Federal OSHA and their state partners combined to put 1,850 inspectors in the field to inspect approximately 8 million worksites and 130 million workers.  They completed just over 33,000 federal inspections and 42,000 state inspections.

Do the math…that’s less than a 1 percent chance that OSHA will show up at your worksite.

Bottom line, OSHA should not be the motivating factor for employers to create a safe work environment.  Employers should be motivated out of a desire to protect their most valuable resource, their employees.  Fortunately, most employers have figured this out and have taken precautions to adequately address safety issues at work.  For those employers, we thank you!

For the employer of this roofing company, we hope this event motivates you to change your perspective and your safety practices.

If you need help implementing a comprehensive Inspection Program and/or Incident Investigation Program, please contact us for assistance.  We have a digital solution to help put your mind at ease.

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By: Brittany Rall, Matt Wright, WJW, Nexstar Media Wire
Posted: Mar 1, 2021 / 09:26 AM EST / Updated: Mar 1, 2021 / 09:26 AM EST

Additional resources can be found here: OSHA Fall Protection Resources

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