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Factsheets Storybuilder - Causes per type of accident: falls (persons and objects)

Serious accidents can be prevented when more insight into the underlying causes is available. The analyses presented here zoom in on important factors and direct and underlying causes for all types of accident.

Fall on the same level
Fall down stairs or ramp
Fall from height - hole in the ground
Fall from height - scaffold
Fall from height - moveable platform
Fall from height - non moving vehicle
Fall from height - roof, platform, floor
Fall from height - working on height unprotected
Fall from height - ladders
Contact with falling objects - cranes
Contact with falling objects - non cranes
Hit by rolling/sliding object or persons


 

Fall on same level

Accidents where the victim during standing or walking slips or stumbles.
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Fall down stairs or ramp

Accidents where the victim is on stairs. These are all types of staircases, including a staircase being used during the break to walk to the canteen.
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Fall from height - hole in the ground

Accidents where the victim is working in the immediate proximity of holes, wells and\or openings in the ground. This is about openings, whether or not covered and\or with (edge protection) guarded openings large enough to completely or partially fall into. It does not involve large recesses and openings in floors and roofs, for example stairs or skylights.
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Fall from height - scaffold

Accidents where the victim is working on a scaffold, or assembling or disassembling the scaffold.
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Fall from height - moveable platform

Accidents where the victim is at work on movable platforms\cabs or work bins, elevators, etc.
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Fall from height - non-moving vehicle

Accidents where the victim is working on stationary vehicles from which the person can fall. This means on the roof of the cab roof of the truck, trailer or climbing on the sides of stationary vehicles.
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Fall from height - roof, platform, floor

Accidents where the victim while working on roofs comes in the immediate vicinity of whether or not secured edges of floors, balconies, or working platforms, walking floors or walking passages. This does not include scaffolding and scaffold flooring, (still) hoists, lifts, or racking floors.
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Fall from height – working on height unprotected

Accidents where the victim while working comes at heights or other high structures. It involves heights without presence of specific fall protection, that are only sporadically climbed on and then only while taking personal fall protection.
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Fall from height - ladders

Accidents where the victim:

  • climbs on fixed ladders (these ladders are permanently attached to the climbing structure, such as ladders fixed to a storage tank or tanker) (this is not for ladders attached to scaffolding)
  • climbs onto portable ladders (single or telescopic)
  • climbs stairs (including convertible ladders, kitchen stairs, A-ladders etc)

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Contact with falling objects - cranes

Accidents where the victim is working with the load of a crane or while working for other reasons in the immediate vicinity of a crane.
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Contact with falling objects - non cranes

Accidents where the victim during the work is involved in:

  • lifting loads using forklift trucks, pallet trucks or other mechanical lifting equipment (but not by a crane),
  • the transfer of loads by means of transportation trolleys (including transportation trolleys),
  • manually moving the cargo, and
  • activities or in situations where objects that are supposed to be fixed can fall down on people. (For example machine parts, stacks or bundles of materials, building materials etc.)

It concerns in the first three cases three types of activity:

  • actively involved in the lifting of the burden
  • passively being involved in such acts (giving someone directions, nearby to keep free, ready to tackle anything)
  • completely not being involved in those acts, but accidentely being in the vicinity

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Hit by rolling/sliding object or person

Accidents where the victim works with or during work is in the immediate vicinity of objects (not vehicles) against which you can roll, slide or glide. Examples are: (stacked) sheets, rods, pipes, containers, boxes, barrels, bricks, sand or other loose materials.
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