Blog — Fall Protection

Fall Protection: A Serious Challenge in Compliance and Risk

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Emphasize Prevention through Design Although it is easier to see fall hazards in an existing structure, safety experts around the world have found that is it safer and more cost effective to implement fall protection before structures or processes are built. This concept is referred to as Prevention through Design (PtD). Apply the Hierarchy of Controls       To compare fall hazard abatement options, many regulations and standards refer to a concept called the “Hierarchy of controls.” In this hierarchy graph, the potential control methods are ranked in order of increasing residual risk. By following the hierarchy of Controls...

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Fixed Ladder Regulations

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What’s Changed for Fixed Ladders Under OSHA 1910 Fixed ladders provide stability when ascending to an elevated work surface because they are fastened to the building or a secure surface. In the past, OSHA has required cages for ladders taller than 20 feet, but as of January 2017, fall protection is required on ladders taller than (or that extend beyond) 24 feet. Several of the important changes are listed below: New height requirement. Fall protection is required on ladders taller than (or that extend beyond) 24 feet. New equipment specification. As of November 18th, 2018, cages are no longer considered compliant...

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Solutions to Reduce Injuries

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Second Leading Cause of Death According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 241 deaths caused by dropped objects in the U.S in 2019. OSHA’s “Focus Four” training recognizes “struck by and object” as the second of four leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites. Dropped objects can also cause injuries to people who are not workers or cause damage to their property. Tool Tethering + Training + Inspection = Prevention Tool tethering equipment combined with appropriate worker training and regular equipment inspection can help to prevent these deaths, injuries, and damage. Manufacturers should comply with...

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What is the OSHA Standard for Fall Protection?

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to help protect the safety of employees in their workplace. One of OSHA’s requirements is that employers must follow the OSHA standard for fall protection during any project to ensure a safe environment for their employees.  Falls are some of the most common causes of severe injuries in the workforce, so these standards should not be ignored! And we here at American Ladders & Scaffolding are here to give you an outline of what OSHA’s criteria is for fall protection:  Reducing Falls in the Workplace The primary campaign value that OSHA pushes for...

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