Despite special emphasis programs from OSHA and increasingly sophisticated fall protection equipment, falls from heights remain a serious occupational safety challenge. Miller Fall Protection (www.millerfallprotection.com), identifies these fall-protection tips that can help reduce hazards and injuries.
1. Update fall protection plans.
Don’t wait for a fall to occur before taking action to update your fall protection plan. When identifying a fall hazard, analyze the likelihood of fatal or serious injury, as well as the amount of time employees will be exposed to the hazard. Basically, eliminate the fall by changing the work process or environment.
2. Proper anchorages are vital
Selecting inadequate anchorages is a major problem. The best harness with the best lanyard or lifeline cannot arrest a fall if unsuitable anchorages are selected.
3. Lack of communication and training
A key reason equipment is misused or not used at all is because of lack of instructions in the appropriate language. Safety directors need to check the instructions provided with equipment, and assure they provide proper training.
4. Speak up
Knowing when a product should be removed from service ensures safer working conditions. Equipment must be inspected regularly and taken out of service if it shows wear and tear. Using equipment past its useful life, especially a lanyard, is a potentially deadly mistake. Adopt a “Smart Policy”: If in doubt, throw it out.
5. Wear equipment as directed
Although more workers today are using fall protection gear, it’s not always used correctly. In many instances, workers wear the harnesses too loose.
While misusing harnesses is a big mistake, many contractors also buy incorrect equipment for specific applications.
6. Fall protection equipment is a must
The need for consistency is often ignored in using fall protection. Have a plan, implement it and wear fall protection equipment every day.
Remembering these tips for proper fall protection can eliminate the risk of serious injuries.
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