Fall protection is one safety area where achieving 100 percent compliance is an ongoing challenge. Most companies have employees who follow safety regulations to the letter, but there are still some who bypass the rules or disregard the fact that their employees are endangered by ineffective training, the leading cause of injury even when proper PPE is available. Unlike simple safety precautions, such as donning a hard hat, safety glasses or gloves, fall protection is more specialized, requiring training to learn how and when to use equipment.
When you create a new plan for work at heights, or modify an existing one, there are several core elements you need to include. Specifically, a formal plan should identify fall hazards on a job site, how they can be eliminated or minimized, and how to respond to a suspended worker after a fall to reduce the risk of serious injury. As you build and customize your own site-specific plan, use these five components as a framework.
Read the full article, "Laying the Groundwork," first published by OH&S on November 1, 2014, to information about the five components your fall protection plan should consider.