Fall Protection: The Dos and Don’ts

In today’s workforce, many people have jobs where they work at great heights or around dangerous areas such as construction sites. As a result of this heightened risk for falls, there has been an increased need for safety measures to protect these workers.

Fall protection is a serious issue that every worker, employer, and company owner should know. According to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. With the number of injuries and fatalities from falls increasing each year, it’s no wonder why fall protection is such an important topic to cover. So here are some vital dos and don’ts to always keep in mind.

When Working At Great Heights, Don’t:

  • Take shortcuts with safety gear or training, even if you feel your employer doesn’t care about your well-being. 
  • Never place an unprotected worker below someone working on a scaffold or in another elevated position without first providing adequate guardrail or safety equipment. 
  • Don’t use ladders or chairs to substitute for scaffolding or work platforms when you’re on the ground level.
  • Don’t climb if you can’t get a steady grip. It’s best to have two or more contact points when you’re on a ladder, so you don’t slip off the side.

Some Fall Protection Dos Include:

  • Always using safety equipment, such as harnesses or lanyards when working at heights.
  • When constructing scaffolding, do use a standard system that meets all OSHA standards for fall protection by following the manufacturer’s guidelines for height requirements.
  • Ensure all floors have proper floor mats.
  • Keep floors clean and dry.
  • Employers should always have a plan in place before work begins to protect their employees from falls while working at heights above six feet or more. Guardrails may be necessary for some situations but are not always enough by themselves.
  • Do provide everyone on the team, from employees to project managers, with the appropriate safety training they need to get the job done safely. 

Just as a general rule, everyone has a hand in overall job safety. 

  • Workers: Make sure you have the right gear for your job. It’s up to you to take responsibility for your safety by ensuring that you wear appropriate PPE at all times.
  • Employers: Provide workers with proper training on how to use their protective equipment correctly.
  • Company owners: Follow OSHA guidelines standard of safety for all fall protection needs and requirements. 

Begin Your Safety Training With Us

Safety is our top priority here at American Ladders & Scaffolds. We offer Scaffolding, Ladder, and Fall Protection Competent Person safety training classes for supervisors, forepersons, and employees to ensure fewer injuries and accidents happen while on the job. Give us a call at 860-657-9252 or email us at: Office@AmericanLadders.com, and you’ll speak to a trained expert, ready to assist you with all your safety needs. 

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