Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents). Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls and hundreds of thousands are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in lost work time. Our training products on "Fall Protection" provide the information employees need to work safely when they are off the ground, and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection This includes the importance of housekeeping in preventing falls and what measures can be taken to protect against falls.
Per OSHA, falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Employers must take measures in their workplaces to prevent employees from falling off overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. To prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:
- 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.