Why is addressing fall hazards important?

“Falls to a lower level is the second leading preventable fatal workplace event and the third leading event resulting in cases with days away from work.” (https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/work/safety-topics/falls-lower-level/; viewed 1/8/2019).  So, it is no surprise that for the last two years, OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations list was dominated by workplace fall prevention—or rather a lack thereof.  According to OSHA statistics for 2017 and 2018, the number 1 most-cited violation was the failure to meet general requirements for fall prevention (OSHA Standard 1926.501) and moving up from #9 in 2017 to #8 in 2018, was training requirements for fall protection (OSHA Standard 1926.503).