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November 20, 2012

Safety Tip: Fall Protection

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Here are some tips from OSHA to help prevent falls:

Fall Protection in General Industry:

  • Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk by use of a railing and toeboard or a floor hole cover.
  • Provide a guardrail and toeboard around every open-sided platform, floor or runway that is 4 feet or higher off the ground or next level.
  • Regardless of height, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment (such as a vat of acid or a conveyor belt), employers must provide guardrails and toeboards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
  • Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and handrails.

Fall Protection in Construction:

  • Wear a harness and always stay connected
  • Make sure your harness fits
  • Use guardrails or lifelines
  • Inspect all fall protection equipment before use
  • Guard or cover all holes, openings, and skylights
  • DON'T disconnect from the lifeline
  • DON'T work around unprotected openings or skylights

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