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NIOSH-OSHA Campaign Outlines a Comprehensive Process for Fall Prevention

The campaign’s goal is to prevent falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolds by encouraging construction contractors to plan ahead, provide the right equipment and train everyone to use the equipment safely. By Marty Sharp The “Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction,” an initiative launched jointly by NIOSH and OSHA, targets companies of all sizes but significant efforts [...]

Fall Protection Essentials

by Marty Sharp Year after year, falls continue to hold the dubious distinction of the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites. Why? Fall protection equipment manufacturers, contractors and construction workers all share the responsibility. Reliable equipment in the hands of trained personnel is a big part of the solution. Determine the application As [...]

OSHA Fall Protection Regs are a Baseline: ANSI Standards Represent Current Best Practices.

by Marty Sharp OSHA requires fall protection to be provided at: 4 feet in general industry; 5 feet in shipyards; 6 feet in the construction industry; 8 feet in longshoring operations; or any height when working over dangerous equipment and machinery. If you have workers working at or above these heights in the circumstances described, then you’re [...]

In case of a fall…

Ask a teenager what “hanging out” means, and he’ll probably tell you it’s simply sitting around with his friends doing not much of anything. But when it comes to working at heights, “hanging out” is a specific and dangerous position that threatens workers. It’s lonely and dangerous to hang out alone, dangling from the side [...]

Not a Stretch

Fall protection training is crucial for any worker who performs work at height. Without the proper training, workers may not realize the severe consequences of a fall – serious injury or even death. Training consists of both classroom learning on topics such as industry standards, as well as hands-on training about how to use fall [...]

Get serious about Fall Protection

by Marty Sharp and Arthur M. Stevens Years ago fall protection equipment was heavy and uncomfortable. Buckles and D-rings were clumsy, bulky forgings. Harness webbing was stiff and abrasive. No wonder workers avoided wearing them, even when they understood the risks. Several years ago at my company we introduced a tower worker’s harness that met [...]

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