Norwalk, CT – A construction worker was killed when he fell from an elevated position while working overnight at a construction site in the city.
The unnamed worker is the latest casualty in the leading cause of serious work-related injuries and deaths in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), in 2017, there were 366 fatal falls to a lower level out of 971 construction fatalities.
The SoNo Collection Mall on N Water street started in 2017 and officially opened last month.
According to The Hour, workers on ladders were putting the finishing touches on the facade of the H&M retail store, while others were seen working outside to retrofit parts of the building’s exterior.
First responders rendered aid to the man, who was transported to Norwalk Hospital where he died.
There have been no other reported accidents at the 100 N. Water St. site since construction began in late 2017, according to OSHA. Officials said the investigation could take up to six months.
Since 2012, OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) – Construction Sector on the Fall Prevention Campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented.
Workers who are six feet or more above lower levels are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job, including the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear.
Use the right ladder or scaffold to get the job done safely. For roof work, if workers use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS), provide a harness for each worker who needs to tie off to the anchor. Make sure the PFAS fits, and regularly inspect it for safe use.
According to OSHA, every worker should be trained on proper set-up and safe use of equipment they use on the job.