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Newfoundland Fall Fatality Trend Worrisome

The Newfoundland & Labrador government is concerned after three worker fall fatalities were recorded in the province within just two months.

The fatalities involved:

  • A 56-year-old worker plunging 12 meters (about 40 feet) from the top of a building under construction,
  • A 65-year-old man falling six meters (nearly 20 feet) from a scissor lift at a Harley-Davidson dealership, and
  • A 45-year-old man from New Brunswick falling six floors from the roof of an apartment block.

Service NL Minister Dan Crummell told CBC news that the falls are particularly concerning in light of the fact that robust legislation is in place to protect workers from falls. Anyone working at a height of three meters (10 feet) or more above the ground must wear a safety harness or be protected by guardrails or a safety net.

In an average year there is only one workplace fall death in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Related content:

Here’s a safety video on scissor lifts that you can share with your workers.

Show your workers this safety talk on the proper use of fall protection equipment.

If you are in Canada: This article can help you comply with the hierarchy of fall protection equipment.

If you are in the United States: This article can help you control fall hazards on walking/working surfaces.


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