RMSC Safety Sentinel – April 2017

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Fall Protection Basics

Each year slips and falls are designated as a leading cause of serious injuries in the workplaces.  It only takes one mistake, one misstep, one lapse of judgement – the repercussions of a serious fall from elevation can last a lifetime or even take a worker’s life away.  Proper fall protection training and usage for affected employees is required to mitigate this critical hazard.  Follow these tips to ensure you and your employees are not involved in falls; a victim of statistics.

Why are injuries from falls so serious?

Impacts from falls commonly break bones.

If you fall far enough, it will kill you.   A rule-of-thumb is 50/50 chance of fatality at 12’

You can strike objects or become impaled on them when falling.

How do you avoid serious injury while working at elevation?

Stay as far away from all edges as feasible.

Identify potential fall hazards such as:

  • A steep pitched roof
  • Floor opening or holes
  • A guard rail that has been removed
  • Roofing materials in poor condition; rusted, rotted, etc.
  • Sky lights

Keep your tools away from edges.  You could fall reaching for them or they could drop on others

Learn how to get to your work area safely.  Know how to use a ladder properly.

Learn where barriers, bridges, ramps and cages are.

Wear the personal fall arrest equipment required and use it properly.

Make sure your personal fall arrest equipment works and is in good order.

You need to use fall arrest equipment when you:

Are four feet or more above the ground (General Industry).

Need your hands free to work.

Are working near an open edge.

Have to be suspended above the ground.

What is a personal fall arrest (PFA) system?

A harness connected to a lanyard, which is then connected to one or two points set up as anchors.  PFA systems should be set up by qualified individuals and tested frequently for integrity.  Falling bodies generate a lot of force on the system and everything must work properly to arrest it.

How often does my equipment have to work?

Every time. Most workplace injuries from falls come from thinking you can “get by without it this time.” Do not fall in this trap.


For more information on loss control services contact Jeff Rausch, email: jrausch@rmsc.com, P:  502-708-3124   www.RMSC.com

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