According to the CDC, based on 2014 published data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 261,930 private industry and state and local government workers missed one or more days of work due to injuries from falls on the same level or to lower levels, and 798 workers died from such falls.
The construction industry experienced the highest frequency of fall-related deaths, while the highest counts of nonfatal fall injuries continue to be associated with the health services and the wholesale and retail industries. Particularly at risk of fall injuries are those working in:
- Healthcare support
- Building cleaning and maintenance
- Transportation and material moving
- Construction and extraction occupations
Fall injuries create a considerable financial burden: workers’ compensation and medical costs associated with occupational fall incidents have been estimated at $70 billion annually in the United States. Many other countries face similar challenges in the workplace. In fact, the international public health community has a strong interest in developing strategies to reduce the toll of fall injuries.
Fall detection is an important feature of any lone working solution.
The fall detection device within this alarms senses serious falls where someone may become incapacitated. Should it detect a serious impact, a change of angle such as falling forwards or backwards and an altitude drop of more than 1 meter, the lone worker alarm has auto fall detection and will enter into it emergency mode. It will automatically send an SOS message with location and start calling the emergency contacts.
Sensitivity can be adjusted and fall detection can be turned off when required.