Wrught explained that many fatal falls are underreported because of how coroners rule on causes of death. If a cardiac event was included as part of a workplace fall, OSHA will often refuse to code these incidents as workplace fatalities even if the United Steelworkers union argues the victim would have survived the cardiac event otherwise.
“Every single one of these deaths is preventable,” John Dony, director of environmental, health, safety and sustainability at the National Safety Council, a not-for-profit safety and health organization, said. “Just like any other risk that an employer has in the workplace, taking a systemic approach to eliminating those risks are what’s at play here. So thinking about policy, procedures, training and technology to … prevent these incidents.”