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 Information

OSHA regulations for personal fall arrest system compliance: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9730

  • 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:


  1. The nature of fall hazards in the work area.
  2. The correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting the fall protection systems to be used.
  3. 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.
  4. The role of each employee in the safety monitoring system when this system is used.
  5. The limitations on the use of mechanical equipment during the performance of roofing work on low-sloped roofs.
  6. The correct procedures for the handling and storage of equipment and materials and the erection of overhead protection.
  7. The role of employees in fall protection plans.
  8. The standards contained in subpart M.


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