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Safety | September 25, 2020

Video Shows What Happens to Human Body After 12- and 20-Foot Falls

This video from Rosendin Electric simulates a fall from height and the resulting injuries, or possibly death.

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It’s no secret that the construction industry can be a dangerous place to work. It’s also no secret that workplace injuries from falls continues to top the list of OSHA’s most frequently cited violations. In fact, OSHA recorded 6,010 fall-related violations in 2019 alone.

To help combat these injuries — and sometimes fatalities — San Jose, Calif.-based Rosendin Electric put together a 27-minute-long fall prevention video that simulates what happens to the human body when a person falls from a height of 12 feet as well as a height of 20 feet. Using ballistic dummies that are 95% direct recreations of the human body, the team achieved real results in a controlled setting. A medical doctor provided an on-site analysis of the injuries sustained immediately after each fall, including the possible cause of death. In addition, a mock autopsy was performed on each dummy to discover any internal damage to the body.

The video showcases fall hazards unique to the workplace, along with hazard elimination and minimization via 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 workers keep themselves safe on a project site. Rosendin’s goal is to educate everyone on the importance of proper fall protection to prevent severe injury and even death.

This video is just one component of how Rosendin is emphasizing its commitment to safety standards during Construction Safety Week, which was celebrated September 14-18. In addition to educating workers and the public about physical dangers related to safety, the company is also providing valuable information about mental stressors through a series of educational videos, personal stories, and practical tips online. Visit its new safety landing page and look for more summaries coming to that highlight some of the invaluable content on this site.

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About Rosendin

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Rosendin is employee-owned and one of the largest electrical contractors in the United States, employing over 7,500 people, with revenues averaging $2 billion. Established in 1919, Rosendin remains proud of our more than 100 years of building quality electrical and communications installations and value for our clients but, most importantly, for building people within our company and our communities. Our customers lead some of the most complex construction projects in history and rely on us for our knowledge, our ability to scale, and our dedication to quality. At Rosendin, we work to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

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