Fall Protection In The Workplace

Fall Protection In The Workplace

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Did you know that falls are the number one cause of death in the construction industry? Cal/OSHA requires employers to provide training for any employees that are exposed to a fall hazard. OSHA defines a fall hazard as a drop of 6 feet or more from a working/walking surface to a lower level or grade. These falls can be prevented with the right planning and training. 

When is fall protection required?

Requirements for fall protection will vary from industry to industry but Cal/OSHA requires employers to provide training to any workers that are exposed to a fall hazard. Cal/OSHA also requires that workers are trained by a qualified person. 

What are the 4 methods of fall protection?

  • Fall Arrest- Personal fall arrest system means a system used to arrest a worker in a fall from a walking-working surface. 
  • Positioning- Positioning systems allow the worker to sit back in their harness while performing work with both hands. This is most commonly used with ladders. 
  • Retrieval OSHA- The retrieval system covers the post-fall scenario of retrieving a worker who has fallen. Although OSHA does not state how to accomplish this, they do require a plan in place.
  • Suspension- Suspension systems are used when a worker is working in a hands-free work environment.

How can you prevent falls in the workplace?

Falls can be prevented in the workplace with the correct policies, training, and equipment. Use the below steps to reduce the risks of falls in the workplace. 

  • Inspect the worksite at the beginning of each day-  Inspect all machines, tools, and protective equipment to ensure they are safe to use. 
  • Provide Guard Rails. Place these around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway.
  • Provide PPE-  Ensure workers have the correct equipment to safely perform their job.
  • Clean up the site at  the end of each day- Cleaning up any debris or equipment will help prevent any unexpected accidents.
  • Train workers about Fall Protection- Employers are required by Cal/OSHA to have a fall protection program for workers who might be exposed to fall hazards. Training must include how to recognize fall hazards and how to minimize them.

 

How can Bizhaven Safety Business Partners help?

Bizhaven Safety Business Partners come onsite to evaluate employee protection and fill in gaps where necessary. Safety Business Partners can conduct fall protection training to review procedures to prevent injury to employees while performing work assignments at elevated levels.

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