This GBCA Safety Toolbox Talk discusses general Fall Protection Safety. Scroll down to read it. Click below to download the Toolbox Talk as a one-page handout.
Fall Protection Safety
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each year, several hundred workers die as a result of falls at construction sites. One of the biggest issues we face as a group is recognizing when fall protection is needed. Here are some general and commonly asked questions:
At what height do you need protection?
- OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of six feet in the construction industry.
- OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.
Do you need fall protection working on a scaffold since it’s fully enclosed?
- If an employee is working on a scaffold, the height requirement for fall protection is 10 feet, and this protection usually is provided by a built-in guardrail. If there are openings in the scaffold, however, this changes the rule and the employee must be protected.
- If openings are more than 6 feet in height, a compliant system MUST be used. This can be personal fall arrest, restraint or a barrier such as a wall or guard rail system. All fall protection equipment must be compliant with the OSHA standard for the application.
What are the employers’ responsibilities?
Employers need to…
- Select systems and equipment appropriate for the situation.
- Properly construct and install safety systems.
- Train workers in the proper selection, use and maintenance of fall protection systems.
What are the employees’ responsibilities?
Employees need to…
- Use safe work practices.
- Use fall protection equipment properly.
- Always wear provided fall protection equipment.
Safety planning and preparation may take a few minutes, but incidents can happen in just seconds.
Take the time to be safe.
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