The Washington construction industry suffered another construction related fatality last week, when a worker on the Hwy. 520 bridge project fell 60ft. to his death. Although the facts surrounding this tragic accident aren’t yet clear and L&I is continuing with their investigation, accidents such as this should never go in vain.
This accident must serve as a reminder to all workers that construction work, regardless of your trade, is incredibly hazardous.
Absolute personal diligence, without compromise, must be practiced by everyone 100% of the time. Since this incident was Fall Protection related, please practice the upmost diligence in the following:
- Make sure you have received sufficient training and information for the task you are performing.
- Make sure you have the proper fall protection PPE, gear and components for the conditions and task you are performing.
- Make sure you are not embarking on a task if you have ANY unanswered questions or concerns regarding your safety or questions regarding the task you are performing.
- Make sure all your anchor points are sufficient in accordance with the Safety Standards. “Good enough” is not in the Standard.
- Make sure you inspect your entire Fall Protection system, including your harness, lanyard, anchor points and other components, each day before relying on them.
- Make sure you are NEVER making a compromise to your personal safety, the safety of others, or any compromise to the work you are performing.
- Make sure you NEVER forget “Three seconds can last a lifetime”.
And above all, only YOU can make the ultimate difference in your safety. Please speak up, get involved and work safe without compromise.
Sincerely and Genuinely,
& The Staff at the Integrated Group