NYC launches campaign on construction worker fall protection

May 4, 2011

New York – To encourage proper use of fall protection on construction sites, New York recently launched a citywide, multilingual safety campaign.

Experience Is Not Enough emphasizes the importance of fall protection equipment, regardless of how long a construction worker has been employed in the industry.

“No matter how many years you have worked in construction, you can lose your life if the appropriate safety measures are not in place,” Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said in a press release.

The campaign began April 25 and includes posters and banners that will be distributed to construction sites throughout New York. Additionally, department staff will distribute bracelets at jobsites to remind workers to use appropriate fall protection gear.

Worker falls is the most common construction-related incident reported to the Department of Buildings, accounting for about 42 percent of all incidents, according to the department. Since 2008, 16 construction workers in New York have died because they did not have basic fall protection, the press release said.