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Interactive Map Depicts Fatal Construction Falls

May 4, 2012
As part of its Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research has posted an interactive, online map depicting the locations of fatal construction falls that occurred in 2011.

The map, available at http://stopconstructionfalls.com, includes every deadly fall in 2011 that CPWR researchers could identify in official reports, popular media and other data sources. Overall, CPWR identified 578 construction fatalities in 2011, including 180 caused by falls.

"The map offers a chilling graphic portrayal of the terrible toll these accidents take on the men and women of our industry," CPWR Executive Director Pete Stafford pointed out in a CPWR Update. "Almost every workday, a construction worker somewhere in the United States dies as a result of a fall; such a tragedy probably unfolded not far from your home."

Visitors can zoom in on the map to view their own communities and the construction fatalities that may have occurred nearby. A second map on the site shows the locations of all construction fatalities that occurred in 2011.

CPWR joined with OSHA and NIOSH to launch this construction fall prevention campaign, a nationwide initiative to prevent falls at small residential construction sites. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 10,000 construction workers in the private construction industry were injured as a result of falling while working from heights in 2010, and another 255 workers were killed.

Falls continue to be the leading cause of work-related injury and deaths in construction.

"No one should have to die on the job, and this map can be a tool to increase awareness and begin a dialogue," Stafford said. "Please take the time to visit the map. Share it with friends, colleagues and family members. Talk to members of your union, class, congregation or community about the unacceptable number of workplace accidents that claim our fellow Americans in the building trades."

OSHA and NIOSH have developed Web pages and resources as a part of this campaign. To learn more, visit OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign and the NIOSH Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction.

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