Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Free Fallin’

Dear <<Most Favored Employer Client>>:

Employers are required to provide working conditions that are free of known hazards.

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths.

OSHA standards dictate that fall protection be provided at four foot heights in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in longshoring operations.

This requires employers to put procedures in place to prevent falls off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

Fall protection is also required when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.

According to OSHA, here’s what employers must do to prevent injuries from falls:

  • Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk (using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover).
  • Provide a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway.
  • 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 toe-boards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
  • Keep floors in work areas in a clean and, so far as possible, a dry condition.
  • Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails.

Here is a resource list from OSHA to assist employers in fall prevention.

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PS – Enjoy this “workplace” song – Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

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