Fall Protection and Prevention has been a big concern for all industries for many years now and for good reason. Fall Protection was OSHA’s #1 workplace violation for both 2016 & 2017 with over 6,000 violations cited by OSHA in 2017 alone.
According to the National Safety Council “Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of injury and death for workers. Falls to a lower level are the second-most common cause of workplace death, surpassed only by highway crashes” -nsc.org Safety Spotlight.
The seriousness of the issue hit home with us this past year and this family of companies is striving to eliminate fall hazards and prevent unnecessary injury and/or death. It’s important not to fall behind with our convictions and maintain an approach of continuous improvement at each facility. Make the elimination or mitigation of hazards your daily priority. Treat every potential fall hazard seriously, regardless of the age of your facility, the familiarity your employees have with your facility or equipment and/or time spent without fall injury or loss time incident
According to osha.gov, “to prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:
◾Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk by use of a railing and toeboard or a floor hole cover.
◾Provide a guardrail and toeboard around every open-sided platform, floor or runway that is 4 feet or higher off the ground or next level.
◾Regardless of height, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment (such as a vat of acid or a conveyor belt), employers must provide guardrails and toeboards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
◾Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and handrails.”
April’s Fall Protection and Prevention Training has been updated to a power point training reflecting common themes and concerns we’ve recently faced in the Grain & Feed, Farm, Orchard and Trucking Industry. Pay close attention to the material and ensure that your audience is attentive as well.
CalOSHA Training Requirement Satisfied = Fall Protection