In this article, we will provide you with the information to answer the questions including why fall protection is important and what can be done to reduce falls?
Why is fall protection so important?
One of the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths include falls. As an employer, you must set up the workplace to try your hardest to prevent your employees from falling off overhead platforms, elevated work stations or even into holes which may be in walls and floors. However, depending on the environment you may also require your employees to wear fall protection. Fall protection is the use of controls designed to protect individuals from falling or in the event if they do fall, to stop them without causing serious damage or injury.
What can be done to reduce falls?
OSHA requires that fall protection is worn at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in long shoring operations. In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection should be provided if you are working with dangerous equipment and machinery regardless of the falling distance.
For the prevention of falls, employers must:
• Cover or guard every hole in the walls or floor which a worker may accidentally fall into
• Provide a guardrail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor and runway
• If there is any dangerous machinery or equipment on site, employers must provide guardrails and toe-boards to prevent damage or injury
• Other types of fall protection may be needed depending on the environment including safety harnesses and lines, safety nets and handrails