Fall protection is a safety standard that applies to nearly every industry. According to OSHA, fall prevention safety standards were included in the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014 (From OSHA.gov).
OSHA created the annual campaign called the National Safety Stand-Down with its intent to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. It is critical that all employers and employees in all industries communicate directly about safety and learn to identify the conditions and behaviors that cause falls.
The following identify some specific conditions and behaviors that cause falls:
– Carrying objects that block the view of the steps
– Failure to use the handrail
– Working in areas cluttered by objects
– Use of ladders that do not suit the job
– Use of ladders that are in poor condition
– Improper ladder placement
– Improper ladder use
– Reaching/leaning too far
– Using a step ladder that is too short
– Using scaffolds without guard rails or toe boards
– Using poorly constructed scaffolds
– Using scaffolds without bracing to prevent sway
– Rushing your work
– Working around uncovered floor openings
– Working near floor openings that have been insufficiently covered
– Working around floor openings that have been insufficiently marked
– Failing to ensure that wall openings are barricaded
– Working near wall openings that may break easily
– Failing to tie-off when working near exposed wall openings
Succeed Management Solutions, LLC offers a fall prevention training course describing the basic components of a fall protection program including identifying fall hazards, how to use fall arrest systems and equipment, ways to develop controls for safe work practice and maintaining fall protection equipment.