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Fall Protection: Do's and Don'ts

Updated: Jun 21, 2023


Construction Fall Protection Safety
Construction Fall Protection Safety

Falls are a leading cause of death and injury in the construction industry. As a result, fall protection is a critical component of any construction safety program. In this blog post, we will discuss the do's and don'ts of fall protection for construction, so you can ensure your workers are safe on the job.

The Do's of Fall Protection

  1. Do conduct a hazard assessment: Before any work begins, it's important to assess the site for potential fall hazards. This includes identifying potential fall hazards such as unprotected edges, holes, and unstable surfaces.

  2. Do use appropriate fall protection equipment: Depending on the situation, different types of fall protection equipment may be required. This can include harnesses, lanyards, lifelines, and guardrails. Ensure that the equipment is appropriate for the task and is properly fitted and maintained.

  3. Do provide training: Workers must be trained on the proper use of fall protection equipment and the hazards associated with working at heights. Training should be provided before work begins and should be refreshed regularly.

  4. Do inspect equipment regularly: Fall protection equipment should be inspected regularly to ensure that it is in good working condition. Damaged or worn equipment should be replaced immediately.

  5. Do plan for rescue: In the event of a fall, it's important to have a rescue plan in place. This includes having the appropriate equipment and personnel trained to perform rescue operations.

The Don'ts of Fall Protection

  1. Don't rely on fall protection alone: Fall protection should be used as a last resort. Whenever possible, eliminate the fall hazard altogether through engineering controls or administrative controls such as scaffolding or guardrails.

  2. Don't use homemade or makeshift equipment: Fall protection equipment should be designed and manufactured specifically for fall protection. Homemade or makeshift equipment may not be strong enough to support a fall and can lead to serious injury or death.

  3. Don't forget about anchor points: Fall protection equipment must be anchored to a secure point. Anchor points should be designed and installed by a qualified person and inspected regularly.

  4. Don't assume workers know how to use equipment: Workers must be trained on the proper use of fall protection equipment. Don't assume that workers know how to use the equipment correctly.

  5. Don't neglect inspection and maintenance: Fall protection equipment must be inspected regularly to ensure that it is in good working condition. Damaged or worn equipment should be replaced immediately.

In conclusion, fall protection is a critical component of any construction safety program. By following the do's and don'ts of fall protection, you can ensure that your workers are safe on the job. Conduct a hazard assessment, use appropriate fall protection equipment, provide training, inspect equipment regularly, and plan for rescue. Don't rely on fall protection alone, don't use homemade or makeshift equipment, don't forget about anchor points, don't assume workers know how to use equipment, and don't neglect inspection and maintenance. Together, we can prevent falls and ensure a safe workplace for all.

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