Fall Protection

In 2012, 4,383 workers were killed on the job averaging about 84 fatalities per week or close to 12 deaths per day. One of the most common workplace injuries and fatalities occur from falls. Construction workers alone had 278 work related deaths due to falls in 2012. This not only causes great harm and sorrow for the employees families, but for the employer and their business as well. Of course you do not want any of your employees to get injured or die on the job but you also do not want to have to cover the cost of losses incurred by these type of workplace incidents. Our fall safety protection videos are designed to meet OSHA standards and help protect your workers from serious injury.

The best way to maintain safety when it comes to workplace falls is taking measures to prevent falls from even happening. Employees could potentially fall off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. Because of the possible hazardous conditions in the workplace for falls, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set up fall protection safety standards. OSHA requires that employers provide fall protection at elevations of four feet in the general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry workplaces and eight feet in longshoring operations. They also require this protection when workers are performing their duties over dangerous equipment and machinery, no matter the height. Employers must have safeguards located at every floor hole where a worker could possibly fall and provide guardrails and toe-boards around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway especially for those employees who could fall into dangerous equipment, substances or machinery. The employer is also responsible for other means of fall protection depending on the workplace environment and duties, like safety line harnesses and stair and/or hand railings for example. OSHA standards require employers to have safe working conditions for their employees, keep floors and workstations clean and dry when applicable, provide protective gear for all workers that need it at no cost to the employee and train workers in an easily understandable manner in fall safety and protection.

Because workers have a right to a safe work environment and employers need a fully operational staff, fall safety training is a necessary component in productive business. The cost that employers incur alone for these types of accidents should be enough to invest in proper safety training, but the possibility of losing your business altogether can be even more of a motivator to seek out employee training.