Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.
OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations. In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.
To prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:
- Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk (using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover).
- Provide a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway.
- Regardless of height, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment (such as a vat or acid or a conveyor belt) employers must provide guardrails and toe-boards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
- Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include safety and harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails.
Types of fall protection and prevention equipment include:
- Harness, Suspension trauma safety straps, Life Lines, Fall Limiters, Positioning, Restraint & Body Belts and more.
- Kits: All-in-one harness kit designed specifically for your industry. Typically includes harness, D-ring and support strap.
- Ultra grip gloves, slip resistant shoes & hard hats and more.
- Precaution signs, Man hole guard rail and/or man hole guard rail shield and more.
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