The Construction Trades Department faculty members at Granite Technical Institute (GTI), Mr. Anthony VanHorn (Carpentry) and Mr. Vaughn Nickerson (Electrical), pose with Prof. Ken d’Entremont
following an Ergonomics and Safety Program Community Outreach session on “Construction Safety through Falls Prevention” on January 23, 2019. [Not shown, GTI’s Mr. Robert Cook (Plumbing).]
This day’s session was about preventing Falls by workers in the Construction Industry.
- Each year almost 1000 workers die working in Construction with about 38% being from a fall.
- Falls are the leading cause of death in the Construction Industry.
- Falls are a major cause of non-fatal injury in the Construction Industry.
- These fall fatalities include falls from roofs, ladders, scaffolding, and machinery.
- Over 50% of these fall deaths are in companies employing fewer than 19 people.
- Hispanic Construction workers face an increased risk (+28%) of fatal falls.
GTI‘s Construction Trades Department provides high-school students in Utah’s Granite School District with the opportunity to learn construction skills including Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing through hands-on experience. Students in this department work on such projects as constructing trailers to be later used as classrooms in the school district. Students perform the framing, roofing, interior finishing, electrical, HVAC, and all other tasks under the guidance of the Construction Trades faculty who are experienced, licensed contractors.