Authorities say the most common cause of workplace injuries across all industries is falling. Employers in Colorado and elsewhere must protect the safety and health of their employees, and protection against falls is essential. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations for each industry. Although the height at which protection is required differs from one industry to the next, falls can cause employees to be injured at work in all environments.
Hazards that are most frequently responsible for workers' injuries in industrial facilities include uncovered holes in floors, along with elevated walkways and stairways without safety rails. Other workers who are often exposed to heights include tree trimmers, those who work on utilities, such as power poles, wind turbines and cellphone masts. Also, construction workers, roofers and those who move about on steel constructions high above ground level are at greater risks.