Explore OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign and reduce fall hazards at your company or worksite.
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of death in construction, accounting for nearly a third of all construction deaths in 2018. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has teamed up with the Occupational Safety and Health and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) – Construction Sector to present their Fall Prevention Campaign. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the hazards of fall-related injuries and fatalities in the construction industry and to aid in prevention. All construction injuries and fatalities are preventable, and OSHA has devised three steps to prevent falls.
OSHA’s Three Simple Steps
OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign rests on three steps employers can take to prevent falls.
- Plan. The first step is to plan ahead to get a job done safely. Employers need to plan out a job with all of the safety measures that will need to be taken and all of the safety gear—including fall protection equipment—that will need to be utilized to finish the job safely. Estimating the cost of safety equipment, and the way safety equipment will affect the timeline of the job—should be taken into account when bidding for a job or calculating the cost of a job. All necessary safety equipment should be available on the jobsite from day one.
- Provide. The next step is to provide the right equipment. OSHA has standards that require employers to provide safety equipment to workers under certain conditions. For instance, employers must provide fall protective gear to all employees working six feet or more above lower levels. Tools like ladders and scaffolding, and fall protective gear and personal fall arrest systems, must meet the safety requirements of each job and each worker.
- Train. The last step is to train everyone to use the equipment safely. Every employee must be trained in the proper set-up, inspection, and safe use of the tools, equipment, and safety gear they will use. Training ranges from basic training to advanced certification for specific pieces of equipment or working at height scenarios, and most training should be repeated yearly if not sooner.
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