Work environments are hazardous. This goes for just about any form of work (even sedentary positions can cause gradual harm in the wrists and spine), but construction industries are well-known for the highest rate of dangers on average. Slips, trips and falls are seemingly innocuous occurrences that have long-term consequences if not properly prepared for. Thanks to ongoing efforts by OSHA (short for Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration), work environments are able to create comprehensive guides on preparing workers for what’s to come.
What should you know? Check out the list below on OSHA fall protection training.
How Bad Are Slip, Trip And Fall Rates?
People are familiar with the danger that comes with cuts and burns. But what about slips, trips and falls? A hazardous work environment is one that doesn’t properly prepare its workers for the dangers that surround it. Although worker injuries and illnesses are down from 10 incidents per 100 workers to three per 100 workers in a 40 year span, that doesn’t mean you should become complacent.
What Is Fall Arrest Equipment?
OSHA fall protection training includes learning how to properly use and maintain fall arrest equipment at all times. This technology is used to catch a worker if they slip and fall. According to standards provided by OSHA, the testing of fall arrest systems should have a test weight of 300 pounds with a five pound in-between to ensure flexibility for all workers.
What Kind Of Sling Types Are There?
Fall arrest training also includes a variety of sling types to assess any situation. Sling types come in the following types. You have endless, single, two, three or four leg, all with their own unique purposes. The socket and clip fittings are used to attach the rope used for determining the sling’s load limit, with fittings holding up to 75% to 100% of the entire weight involved. Remember to follow instructions closely to ensure these are used to the fullest of their ability.
How Often Should Equipment Be Inspected?
OSHA fall protection training emphasizes the need to keep equipment working properly at all times. Even a minor breakage or strain can put a worker’s safety at risk, so remember to check your slings every year for normal service use. For those used far more often, however, monthly to quarterly is considered sufficient. Sling manufacturer recommendations also specify that metallic-core wire rope slings of any grade should not go beyond 400 degrees Fahrenheit or minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
How Else Can I Create A Safe Work Environment?
A safe work environment is possible when you regularly review OSHA’s standard protocol and take constant measures to accommodate your workers. Historically companies didn’t require wire rope slings to have permanent identification tags. This has since changed to make inspection a smoother process. OSHA’s three step process to prevent dangerous falls are plan, provide and train. On top of providing regular safety equipment, a little forethought and foresight go a long way.
What can you do to step up your work environment’s safety this year?
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