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Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Ladder accidents are preventable, but without better safety planning and training and continuous innovation in product design, we will still continue to see far too many fatalities.
Training is essential for confined spaces and the hazards that may be encountered in them. This training should stress that death to the worker is the likely outcome if proper precautions are not taken before entry is made.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 .
OSHA standards may require that employers adopt certain practices, means, methods, or processes reasonably necessary and appropriate to protect workers on the job. Employers must comply with all applicable OSHA standards and provide workers with a workplace that does not have serious hazards.
OSHA has rolled out its "Safe and Sound Campaign" initiative, which asks employers to review their safety programs and identify areas for improvement, according to the agency.