ANSI Fall Protection Code Issued to Prevent Construction Accidents

Falls and trip hazards are the cause of a significant number of workplace and construction accidents every year, including a major cause of fatal accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, there were 680 fatal workplace falls in 2008. OSHA lists inadequate fall protection second on its list of top ten safety violations. It issued 6,771 citations for lack of fall protection that year.

In order to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities due to workplace and construction accidents, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed a new code for the prevention of trips, slips and falls at work.

ANSI's new code, known as the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code, is a voluntary national consensus standard intended to serve as an authoritative document that both those who work at heights and their employers can use to prevent workplace slip, trip and fall accidents.

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