How safe do you feel when you work? Do you feel your employer does everything possible to make sure that you are properly trained and carefully protected when you are on the job? Hopefully, the answers to both of those questions is yes. In fact, an entire industry is centered around making sure that workers are well protected when they are on the job. From providing training in fall protection to making sure that the right kinds of wire rope slings are used, companies provide both equipment and training to make sure that workplaces are safe and productive at the same time.
In some small companies, one or two people on staff may serve double roles, from making sure that the proper safety equipment is both available and in working order and ensuring that all workers are properly trained in any of the equipment that they are using. In larger companies, on the other hand, entire departments work to ensure that all safety compliance standards are met and that all workers are trained in working with any equipment. From learning how to operate a fork lift to making sure that a worker understands the necessary basics of fall protection systems, keeping workers safe on the job is both important and essential.
And while every company works to make sure that they are meeting the safety standards, an entire government agency works to outline the safety standards and set schedules for how often workers need to receive refresher training sessions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a U.S. Department of Labor agency, is the main governing body for the majority of the work standards that are used across the country. From fall protection systems to the schedules for necessary training courses, OSHA’s main goal is to keep workers safe and to make sure that all employers are in compliance.
- Safety nets can be used to lesson the fall exposure for workers who are in situations where temporary floors and scaffolds are not used, and the fall distance exceeds 25 feet.
- Any kind of anchorage system must support 5,000 pounds for a single tie-off point for one individual.
- Federal OSHA limits the fall or arrest distance to six feet. This is such an important rule, in fact, that very few exceptions to this rule are ever made.
- Every workers who is six feet or more above lower levels is at risk for serious injury or death if a fall occurs. To protect workers, employers must provide fall protection systems and the right equipment for the job, including the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear.
- There are two basic kinds of fall arrest systems: general fall arrest, using items like nets; and personal fall arrest, using items like lifelines.
- Your fall protection system is an essential part of keeping your workers safe.
- Making sure that the companies use OSHA’s three step process helps companies prevent dangerous falls and save lives. The steps are: plan, provide, and train.
- Any time a worker is without fall arrest and/or the proper safety equipment, that worker can fall up to seven feet in a mere two-thirds of a second.
- To know that they are working correctly, slings should be inspected once a year for normal service use, and once a month to once a quarter for severe service use.
- The history of workplace injuries indicate that companies that did not used to require wire rope slings to have permanently affixed identification tags or labels on them. Like many OSHA requirements, however, this has since changed, meaning that tags and labels are now required.
- Every wire rope measurement is expressed in number of strands times the number of wires. This means that a six by 25 rope has six strands and 25 individual wires.
- Requirements by OSHA state that OSHA requires that fall protection should be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces; five feet in shipyards; six feet in the construction industry; and eight feet in longshoring operations.
- Sling systems can be endless, single, two, three, or four leg.
Everyone wants to work at a safe place. For the most safe environment, however, a work location needs to be a strong combination of committed employers and workers who strive to follow and train all of their employees in the latest required OSHA guidelines.
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