Fall Protection – Three Key Areas

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Fall Protection – Three Key Areas

“Falls” and “Struck by Object” were the top two OSHA standards violated in FY2014.  They accounted for 386 total deaths in construction in CY 2013 and are considered top two of the “Fatal Four” (falls, struck by object, electrocutions and caught –in/between).  Eliminating the “Fatal Four” would save the lives of 478 U.S. workers each year.1 Because of this, Fall Protection is one of the top 10 OSHA company citations.

How can you avoid a citation or accident? Our Safety team can help coordinate the inspection of your fall protection equipment through industry leading manufacturer partners to make sure your OSHA’s safety requirements are current.

We offer access to a large network of industry manufacturer professionals that can provide a variety of safety assessments and training for your company and employees. We can help coordinate a review of your safety equipment to aid you in determining what products, services or recommendations you might need to reduce employee risk.

Let’s take a moment to review the current OSHA Fall Protection regulations.

OSHA, a government agency that regulates safety requirements for companies, has required safety for individuals that work at heights.

  • OSHA 1910 Regulations: for general industry, requires that anyone who works more than 4 feet off of the ground are required to wear fall protection.
  • OSHA 1926.501 Regulations: for construction, requires that anyone that works more than 6 feet off of the ground are required to wear fall protection

In this post, we highlight three key areas of fall protection: training, inspection and fitting.

Fall Protection

Training
French Gerleman can help coordinate fall protection training for your company through industry leading safety manufacturers such as 3M. Training covers the proper donning of equipment, prior to use inspections, and proper care and maintenance of equipment.

Inspection
OSHA requires an annual inspection of all fall protection equipment. Over time this equipment can become damaged and it is important to replace or update equipment as needed.  Schedule annual inspections of body harnesses, connection devices and anchor points to ensure all products are functioning as intended.

Fitting

Fall protection equipment should fit correctly.  Make sure every employee is fitted properly for maximum safety and to increase adoption of your fall protection program.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these important safety considerations, call 800-333-3122 and ask to speak with a member of our safety team.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html