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Anatomy of a Fall

BY ROSENDIN ELECTRIC

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and to shed light on this danger, Rosendin created a video that simulates what would happen to the human body if a person were to fall from a height of 12 and 20 feet. Using ballistic dummies that are 95 percent direct recreations of the human body, the Rosendin team got real results, on camera, while in a controlled setting. A medical doctor provided an on-site analysis of the injuries sustained immediately after each fall, including the possible cause(s) of death. A mock autopsy was performed on each dummy to discover any internal damage to the body.

Partnering with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for injury prevention, Rosendin encourages other companies to help in the effort to prevent injuries from a fall. The video showcases fall hazards unique to the workplace, along with hazard elimination and minimization through the use of proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Statistical analysis of the force of a fall are seen throughout to show how a fall affects the human body, and ways to ensure that our workers keep themselves safe on a project site. Every company faces dangers unique to their industry, and every individual becomes part of the solution to preventing injuries.

Rosendin’s goal is to educate all who watch the video on the importance of proper fall protection and prevent severe injuries and/or death. In just a matter of seconds, a person’s life can change. This reenactment is more than a construction industry awareness video, but a general public service announcement on the risks of falls, and how to prevent them. If one person takes a few seconds to double-check their PPE because of this video, we accomplish our goal.

“Please share this video with individuals, organizations, and companies across all industries. OSHA is just one agency whose purpose is to protect employees from injury; there are many other companies and industry organizations that help in injury prevention awareness. Join our efforts with OSHA to keep employees educated and safe so they can, in turn, help their peers and families stay safe. We believe that together, we can make a difference.”