Fall Protection

Highly important devices for working off the ground

Falls are a leading cause of injury and fatality at the workplace – approximately one out of every seven work-related deaths is due to a fall from a height, and thousands of serious injuries from falls are reported every year. While a careless mistake may lead to frustration or annoyance in an office job, any neglect on a building site will likely lead to immediate and severe consequences. The best way to prevent a tragic accident is to go through certified fall protection training and learn how to use fall protection equipment properly. Discover what you need to know about fall protection, and where you can get the tools to protect yourself and your fellow employees.

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Types of Fall Protection

A familiar and important piece of fall protection equipment is the safety harness, which can come in several forms. For the construction industry, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires full-body harnesses for every worker who works high above ground. The full-body harness comes with a selection of straps that wrap around every part of the torso to guarantee security and support. Look for a harness that has adjustable padded straps and strong webbing, as well as buckles that can be secured and released easily. You will need to have a safety lanyard or lifeline to attach to the harness, and you may want to add a body belt to the outfit for more stability.

Many accidents result from the misuse use of ladders and careless working techniques. A safety ladder has to be long enough for the job, strong enough to hold your body weight plus any equipment that you'll be using, and in good working condition. If you work with assembly or processing machines, you'll likely need safety mats and safety mat controls. Look into presence-sensing safety mats that will react to the pressure of your step by shutting down the machine and eliminating any risk of injury.

Find the Right Fall Protection for the Job

There are many standards for fall protection equipment, and you should ensure that a device measures up to OSHA, industry-specific or other national requirements before you buy. When it comes to fall protection, you don't want to skimp on quality – invest in high-quality products and be sure to learn how to use them properly. Be careful about buying harnesses online if you are unsure about sizing.

In addition to protective equipment, you may be required to undergo fall protection training to ensure a safe work environment – look into getting a hands-on or online safety training course to build awareness about the prevention and handling of falls, along with an understanding of fall protection systems. You can also order specific OSHA-certified training kits to help you teach your employees about fall protection, harness equipment and correct scaling procedures.