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January 26, 2010

Safety Tip: Fall Protection

Falls are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries. Here are some fall protection tips from OSHA:
 Identify all potential tripping and fall hazards before work starts.
Look for fall hazards such as unprotected floor openings/edges, shafts, skylights, stairwells and roof openings/edges.
Inspect fall protection equipment for defects before use
Select, wear and use fall protection equipment appropriate for the task.
Secure and stabilize all ladders before climbing them.
Never stand on the top rung/step of a ladder.
Use handrails when you go up or down stairs.
Practice good housekeeping: Keep cords, welding leads and air hoses out of walkways or adjacent work areas.

Fall protection and ladder/scaffold safety signs can help workers remember these important tips.

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