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Fall Protection

Posted: 05/19/15

Do you know that OSHA’s #1 violation on job sites is the lack of adequate fall protection. Fall protection is just a piece of the overall safety on any job site where you may be on overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floors and walls. OSHA has strict guidelines when it comes to determining appropriate situations to use fall protection. If you are working in general industry it is required at elevations of 4’ and above, 5’ in shipyards, 8’ in longshoring operations, and 6’ in construction. OSHA also requires fall protection when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.

Employers are responsible to make sure the workplace is set up to prevent employees from falling. Employees need to be trained to be able to inspect fall protection prior to each use. Employees also need to be trained in how to hook, fasten, and use fall protection.

OSHA requires employers to:

  •     Provide working conditions that are free of known dangers
  •     Keep floors in work areas in a clean and, so far as possible, dry condition
  •     Select and provide required personal protective equipment at no cost to workers
  •     Train workers about job hazards in a language that they can understand

There are six major errors that have been identified in fall protection:

  1.     Not Using Fall Protection Equipment
  2.     Improper Use of Fall Protection
  3.     Expiration of Equipment
  4.     Lack of Training
  5.     Inadequate Anchorage
  6.     Waiting for a Fall

All of TJD Industrial Services employees are lift certified and trained.

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