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December 9, 2009

ASSE Announces Revised Workplace Fall Protection Standard

Fall-ADE-3000_150The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced approval of a newly revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /ASSE Z359.0-2009 "Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest" voluntary consensus standard. The approval is an effort to provide the most current information on slip, trip and fall prevention.
The standard establishes definitions and nomenclature for fall arrest and fall protection equipment, including those used for all nine current Z359 standards. Falls in the transportation industry are covered under Z359, including all vehicles, such as trailers, that move on a railway. ANSI/ASSE also is working on 10 additional Z359 standards projects aimed at protecting workers from falls.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 680 fatal on-the-job injuries in 2008 were attributed to falls. As reported in the November Connection, fall protection is one of the top 10 OSHA violations for 2009.

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