Engineered Lifeline Systems

Risks when working at height are still underestimated. According to figures from the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the European Commission of Employment and Social Affairs, Department of Health and Safety at Work, fatal falls are still an everyday risk for workers carrying out their jobs, with a minimum of 1200 fatal falls annually. Fatal falls account for more than 15% of the work related fatal accidents. Accidents often happen when the risks seem to be minimal, when they aren't. There are more accidents involving people falling from a height of 3 to 5 meters than a height of 20 to 50 meters. The reason is strange and yet simple: our feelings of safety. When workers feel safe or not directly unsafe, they see little or no danger of falling and are less observant.

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