The last thing anyone wants is for people to get hurt on the job. Unfortunately, it does still happen a lot more than it should. With that being said, workplace injuries and illnesses are down. In 1972, there were 10.9 incidents per 100 workers. In 2011, there were just 3.4 incidents per 100 workers. One of the reasons why this rate has gone down is perhaps a reduction in workplace falls. And part of the reason why there has been a reduction in workplace falls is due to the creation of OSHA fall protection systems. OSHA fall protection systems have helped cut down on the amount of people being injured on the job — or even possibly killed. People don’t have to worry as much about being hurt or permanently disabled, and that’s a great thing. However, OSHA fall protection systems are also extremely beneficial to employers. The fact is that it is the responsibility of employers to do everything they can to keep their employees safe. Should they fail to do so, they are often liable when their employees are hurt. Personal injury lawsuits have shut down some companies, simply because they result in so much money lost. Let’s look into how OSHA fall protection systems can be implemented — and how, for that matter, they can save lives.
Fall Protection Competent Person Training: Teaching Safety
As you’ll discover later, there are many different types of fall protection equipment available. With that being said, you have to start at the beginning and educate people on how to stay safe. Fall protection courses can change how people look at staying safe, and thus prevent injury on a larger scale. Some of these courses teach very basic, but very valuable skills. OSHA has a three step process that it advises people to follow. The steps of the process are plan, provide, and train. When employees are working in high risk environments, it’s a good idea for employers to require their employees to attend fall protection courses. Some programs have a certification process — this ensures that the employees taking such courses have been paying attention and are coming away from the course with the skills necessary to keep themselves safe. Remember that it isn’t just a single individual you’re keeping safe — if one employee knows safety protocol, they will be more likely to keep others safe.
Fall Protection Equipment: Getting To The Floor
Fall Protection Gear: The Various Types
There are many different types of fall protection gear on the market. If the fall distance exceeds 25 feet and when temporary floors and scaffolding are not used, safety nets may be a better option. There are also slings. Slings come in the form of single, two, three, or four leg slings. And even within the realm of slings, there are different materials from which slings can be made. There are wire rope slings, as well as mesh slings and round slings. The type of sling used depends on the specific work environment, as some slings fare better in certain temperatures than others.
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