Falls are some of the most dominant sources of accidents in the workplace that can result in either death or permanent incapacitation. When the job environment requires employees to work from raised positions, the employer is required to put in place mitigating measures to guard against the accidental falling of workers. When the working position is raised above the ground by at least 5 feet, a fall arresting mechanism like a harness must be employed for protection.
When workers are working above dangerous equipment, they should be protected against falls as well, regardless of how high they are above the equipment. Any open elevated platforms should be adequately protected with guardrails to protect the workers from accidentally tumbling over. All floor holes that workers can accidentally walk into should be either surrounded with guard rails or covered with an appropriate hole-cover. Safety nets, staircase railings, and handrails can also be installed by companies to protect the employees from accidentally tumbling into open spaces.
Maintenance of clean and dry floors in working spaces can also help to protect employees from the risk of slipping and falling. The employees should also be adequately protected against any other known hazards that they could be prone to. Should the employees need some special kind of equipment to protect against industrial fall, it should be provided to them by the employer at no extra cost.
It’s also important to train the workers on safety measures that they can employ and the use of safety equipment for them to stay safe. Employees should be well versed on the different hazards that may arise in the process of working and take necessary precaution measure while working in that environment. The anchorages that are used with rope descent systems should also be regularly inspected to ensure that they are in proper working condition. Any ladders that stretch over 24 feet should be equipped with a cage to serve as a fall arrest system.
Specific fall protection requirements apply to several different industries and employers are required to invest in fall mitigation measures that are related to their industry. For individuals that are in construction industry leading edges that are six feet above the ground should be protected with safety guard rails. Employees working on roofs must be protected against failing by installation of safety nets, guard rails and harness systems. Materials used in construction should be strong to handle weight of a person and any other equipment that they could be carrying.