In this article, we discuss everything you need to know as we cover all bases for fall protection basics, identifying hazards & reducing risk.

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    Falls are the most frequent causes of work-related injuries and fatalities.

    In 2016, approximately 38.7% of construction worker deaths were due to falls.

    By taking proactive measures such as using safe working practices and equipment, you can save lives and prevent injuries.

    As a result, it is critical to be familiar with basic fall protection regulations and facts.

    Here are some important fall protection facts to consider.

    (1) Identify Fall Hazards

    Falls can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

    • Losing a grip on a support
    • Tripping
    • Stepping backwards
    • Support moving or breaking
    • Irregular or damaged work surfaces
    • Strong winds or dangerous weather
    • Losing balance
    • Stepping into a hole

    Employers can prevent injuries and fatalities by detecting and eliminating fall hazards as well as providing fall prevention systems.

    Employers may also inform employees on how to use equipment correctly, avoid hazards, and be proactive in keeping themselves safe.

    (2) Utilise Fall Protection Systems

    Fall protection systems are divided into three categories: prevention, restraint, and arrest.

    Fall Prevention

    A fall prevention system attempts to keep people from falling by using guardrails and barriers.

    Permanent rail systems, non-penetrating guardrail systems, and customized guardrail solutions are just a few examples of guardrail systems.

    Barrier considerations include: industrial safety gates, skylights, and enduraline warning lines.

    Fall Restraint

    Workers are kept from tumbling by a fall restraint system, which uses a tether to restrict their range of motion.

    A worker is unable to reach a leading edge because he or she is not permitted to go too close.

    Fall Arrest

    A fall protection net or cushion system lies beneath a working environment.

    A personal fall arrest system is made up of: body wear, an anchorage connector, and connecting device.

    A fall arresting system allows a person to fall only a short distance before stopping their fall.

    (3) Comply with OSHA Guidelines

    OSHA has instructions on how to prevent workers from falling, such as:

    • Adopting safe work practices
    • Personal fall protection systems
    • Guardrails
    • Providing appropriate training
    • Safety nets

    In some cases, restricting the number of employees exposed to falls is achieved by using warning lines, designated areas, and control zones.

    Furthermore, OSHA regulations call for the following fall prevention efforts:

    When working above six feet or a lower level, workers in the construction industry require protection.

    Workers must be protected from falling into or onto dangerous machines or other equipment no matter how far they fall.

    Fall protection systems are necessary to keep people out of harm’s way regardless of the distance fallen.

    Before work starts, establishing hazard-free workplace conditions and implementing fall protection systems.

    Workers may acquire personal protective equipment free of charge from the company.

    Employees should be aware of the dangers at their workplace. Educate workers about hazardous situations in a language that they can comprehend.

    Keep these fundamental fall protection standards in mind as you develop or examine your fall protection strategy.

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