Fall Protection Survey and Training
Falls from heights occur from a variety of work surfaces that involve
ladders, scaffolding, roofs, work on other unsecured surfaces, unprotected
openings, speed, and weather conditions. Recognizing fall protection strategies,
such as guardrails, toe boards, tying off to appropriate anchors, and guarding
openings, can prevent a number of falls; however these practices are still not
the norm on many job sites.
Did You Know?
- The average injury claim including benefits costs the employer $8,000.
- The average cost savings associated with injury prevention is an estimated
$24,842 a year.
OSHA regulations for personal fall arrest system compliance:
- OSHA 1926.503 (a)(1) states the employer shall provide a training program
for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall
enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each
employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.
- OSHA 1926.503 (a)(2) states that the employer shall assure that each
employee has been trained, as necessary, by a competent person qualified in
the follow areas:
- The nature of fall hazards in the work area.
- The correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and
inspecting the fall protection systems to be used.
- The use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems,
safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems,
controlled access zones, and other protection to be used.
- The role of each employee in the safety monitoring system when this system
- The limitations on the use of mechanical equipment during the performance
of roofing work on low-sloped roofs.
- The correct procedures for the handling and storage of equipment and
materials and the erection of overhead protection.
- The role of employees in fall protection plans.
- The standards contained in subpart M.