Fall Protection
Safety Training Handout
Falls are one of the most common workplace incidents. But taking proper precautions and using protective equipment can reduce the chances of injury or worse.
  • Fall protection required at different heights
  • General industry – 4 feet
  • Maritime – 5 feet
  • Construction – 6 feet
  • Protective equipment
  • Personal fall arrest system – body harness, lifelines, anchorages used to keep employee from falling more than six feet or contacting lower level
  • Guardrails – required for scaffolds more than 10 feet above ground; toeboards keep tools and equipment from sliding off walking area and striking someone below
  • Safety nets – catch falling workers, protect those underneath from getting struck by a dropped tool or piece of debris
  • Common hazards
  • Scaffolds 
    • Inspect for proper construction
    • Use guardrails and netting
  • Protruding rebar
    • Guard ends with caps or troughs
    • Bend so exposed ends are no longer upright
  • Unprotected sides and holes
    • Cover/guard floor holes
    • Survey site before working
    • Make sure hole covers will support 2x weight of workers, equipment and materials
  • Ladders
  • Evidently not the way to use a ladder

    • Don’t overreach
    • Secure ladder
    • Never climb one-handed
    • Never stand on top rung
    • Avoid leaving tools on ladders to fall
  • Slips, trips and falls – clean work area, cover cords, use handrails, keep shoes in good condition
Remember: Regularly inspect equipment

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