Prevent Accidents with Proper Fall Protection and Safety Training
Original article from www.accidentfund.com According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death in construction. In fact, there were 264 construction fatalities from falls in 2010 alone. That’s why it’s important to have a fall-protection program in place and to educate employees who may be at risk. Before you begin a fall-protection program at your business, it’s critical to identify the potential fall hazards in your workplace. OSHA requires that a fall-protection program be created to inform employees on:
- Fall hazards identified on the job site and any changes that may occur.
- The use of fall protection systems or alternatives for the job site.
- How to erect, disassemble and maintain equipment.
- The process for alerting management about damaged fall protection systems.
- Available training on assigned roles in the fall protection program.
- Construction sites must utilize proper fall protection when employees are working at a level six or more feet high.
- Industrial settings require fall protection for those working at a level four or more feet high. Also, every open-sided floor or platform that is four feet above adjacent ground level must be guarded by a standard railing on all open sides except where there is entrance to a ramp, stairway or fixed ladder.