Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. Sponsored by OSHA and other federal safety agencies, this third annual National Safety Stand-Down is designed to raise awareness among construction employers and their workers about work site fall hazards and how to avoid them.
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"One of the most common injury occurrences that happen at the workplace are falls. It could be as simple as tripping over someone's feet, turn a corner too quick, wet floor, or trip down a stair case. All workplace Safety Trainers should find "Fall Protection: Complete OSHA Regulations" very indispensable. You’ll no longer need to look up and compile fall-protection information from various parts of the OSHA regulations – the work has already been done for you. Inadequate fall protection in the workplace can lead to heavy fines – or worse, employee injuries and deaths. Don’t fall short in your safety knowledge and stay in OSHA Compliance!
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.
Fall Protection - OSHA Safety Training: 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 200,000 to 300,000 people 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. Topics covered in these products include:
- The seriousness of fall hazards.
- Types of environments where falls may occur.
- The "Fall Protection Plan".
- Concentrating and keeping a clear head.
- The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls.
- Measures that can be taken to protect against falls.
- Protective equipment.
- and more.
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