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How to Prevent Falls from Ladders, Roofs, and Scaffolding

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Falls are a hazard in many workplace environments. They can happen during walking, climbing a ladder, and unfortunately, due to the carelessness of workers.

How can you protect your workers?

Studies by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show there are more than 600 fatal falls annually. Regular fall protection training and enforcement of safety standards at your workplace are essential to keeping your workers safe and protecting you from potential litigation.

The most common industries that experience fall hazards are:

  • Building cleaning and maintenance
  • Transportation and material handling
  • Construction and demolition occupations

As an employer, you’re obligated to be aware of hazards to your employees, to be aware of hazards to other employees, to disclose known hazards like asbestos, mold, or lead, and to have permanent fall protection and davits when necessary for workers.

With a Managed Fall Protection Program, you are committing to providing a safe work environment for all employees working at heights and exposed to fall hazards. Penalties for not following OSHA regulations can be severe, and employers who have never been inspected by OSHA can still be found liable in civil court if they fail to observe OSHA requirements.

Construction Fatal Four

Data from 2018 suggests that the top 4 fatalities reported on construction sites (excluding transportation) are:

  1. Falls – falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolding (most fatalities are the result of falls from between 11 feet and 20 feet)
  2. Struck by object – flying objects from power tools, falling tools or material knocked off an unprotected edge, swinging radius of cranes, being rolled into or over by heavy equipment
  3. Electrocutions – for electrical workers – electrical equipment and wiring; for non-electrical workers – contact with overhead power lines by heavy equipment
  4. Caught in/between – caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, stuck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structures, equipment, or material

Need Help Establishing Crucial Fall Protection Standards at Your Organization?

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