At jobs sites, it’s always safety first. Especially for those working at new heights.
Gus Gantzer, North Dakota Safety Council, says, “It’s very dangerous.”
Working at high heights is not the safest.
“In 2011 to 2015 there were over 4,600 in indemnity claims just in North Dakota. I believe 11% of that was directly due to falls,” says Gantzer.
There are a number of fatalities that happen in North Dakota each year and for some it is very important to keep those safety standards met.
Nate Parent, Site Foreman, says, “I have a young family at home and safety is very important to me that I get home every night.”
Workers do their best to stay safe, learning from trainings likes these, but it’s also up to their employers to reduce risk.
“Identify some hazards on the job and work together as a team and come together in the name of safety,” says Gantzer.
If a worker is more than 6 feet off the ground, they have to be strapped into a harness.
At the new First International Bank and Trust building there’s 60 foot boom lift, well above that 6 foot standard.
Parent says, “It is very important that we have a harness and we are tied off.”
Nate Parent has been in construction for 12 years and he hasn’t had any significant injuries himself.
“We all have a job to do and if anybody gets hurt then that’s not the path that we want to go down, it is important on a lot of levels,” says Parent.
The safety council reminds it’s not just about preventing falls at the workplace, but also at home.
“Almost every homeowner has a ladder to clean out the gutters, to hang lights and work around the house,” says Gantzer.
Gus says that a lot of their training goes from the work to the house.
They have yet to have any injuries on the new North Dakota Safety Council building, and intend to keep it that way.