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Minnesota Fall Protection

A statement released recently announced the adoption of the final rule from OSHA regarding walking-working surfaces and Minnesota fall protection.  According to the Minnesota department of Labor and Industry the new practices are “to better protect workers in general industry.”

minnesota fall protectionThese new rule updates include additional inspection and training requirements.  It incorporates technological  advances, best practices and standards.  Some may argue most importantly it updates the general industry standards to now address slip, trip, and fall hazards while adding requirements for personal fall protection systems.  It does not change construction or agricultural standards.  It only applies to workers in retail and warehouse sectors.

“The rule benefits employers by providing greater flexibility in choosing a fall-protection system. For example, it eliminates the existing mandate to use guardrails as a primary fall-protection method and allows employers to choose from accepted fall-protection systems they believe will work best in a particular situation. … In addition, employers will be able to use nonconventional fall protection in certain situations, such as designated areas on low-slope roofs,” according to the statement.

 

To learn more about products designed to protect warehouse workers from slips, trips and falls call FPS at 888-596-5367.

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Low Profile Fall Protection

When working indoors, especially in the manufacturing industry space can be an obstacle with regards to fall safety.  Low profile fall protection systems are best utilized in these scenarios.  There are several products available in our online store that are easy to install and use.

low profile fall protectionBeam Strap Tie Off Adapter

The beam strap tie off adapter is a low cost solution that is quick and easy to install.  It meets all industry standards and can be used almost anywhere.  Learn more… 

glyder sliding beam anchorGlyder Sliding Beam Anchor

The glyder sliding beam anchor is an adjustable steel & aluminum anchorage point.  It is durable and made to withstand the toughest environments.  It offers complete hands free horizontal mobility as the anchor slides across the beam following you while you work.  Learn more…

 

 

fixed beam anchorFixed Beam Anchor

The fixed beam anchor is easily installed with an adjustable hook end handle.  It can be used in any orientation or direction for added versatility and has a swiveling D-ring tie off point that keeps your connecting component in line at all times.  Learn more…

 

 

Additional Low Profile Fall Protection

Should you have an application that requires overhead rigid rail fall protection  indoors FPS is available to provide custom quotes.  Our engineers work with various manufacturers to design the perfect low profile fall protection system for your application.  As a result of the special conditions when attaching to existing structures we may require an onsite visit in addition to structural drawings.  Contact FPS at 888-596-5367 to learn more about this.

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OSHA Fines Construction Company $1.5 Million

OSHA fines construction company after an inspection.  OSHA audited Great White Construction in St. Augustine, Florida for the twelfth time in five years. They were cited with 14 safety violations and proposed penalties of $1,523,710 that included 11 willful citations pertaining to fall hazards.  Additionally, they had three repeat citations for workers not wearing eye protection and improper use of ladders.

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OSHA Fines Construction Company & Places in SVEP

OSHA reports that although workers for Great White Construction had personal fall arrest harnesses on, they were not tied off to anything while removing roofing shingles and plywood sheeting on a multi-story residential home.

Great White Construction has been placed into the OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP).  This is a focused area that OSHA concentrates additional resources on inspections.  Being a part of this group means that the employers have demonstrated an indifference to safety compliance obligations by committing willful, repeated or failure to abate violations.  In order to be removed from this classification Great White Construction will need to do the following:

  1. Abate all qualifying violations
  2. Pay all penalties
  3. Complete any actions as agreed upon in any settlement agreement with OSHA
  4. Avoid any “serious” violations at job sites

Should they meet all the critereia listed above it is at the discretion of OSHA to be removed from the SVEP.  There is a possibility that they will never get out of the program.

 

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Online Fall Protection Checklist Now Available

At FPS we strive to keep the workplace safe from fall hazards and accidents.  We have put together this online fall protection checklist as a tool for you to raise awareness for fall protection.  Based on your responses our team of fall protection experts will be able to help assist you with staying OSHA compliant and keeping workers safe from falls and injury.

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Fall Protection Checklist

Here is a direct link to the online checklist.  Once you submit your responses, a copy of the report will be assigned to the territory representative in your area.  The will follow up with you and answer any questions you might have or bring attention to an area you might require additional safety measures taken.

Fall Protection Systems is the only company that utilizes a no cost and no obligation on site analysis.  What this means is after we have spoken with you regarding your needs for fall protection a technician can come to your site.  During this analysis they will collect data and take measurements to be used when quoting the scope of work for your job.  We have an in house engineering department that designs your system from start to finish.  Should you have a more simple application – you have the option to purchase the components and install the system or parts yourself.

Let’s get started right away to make sure you are ready to go!

Use the Online Fall Protection Checklist

 

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OSHA Fines Energy Plant

Trash to Energy Plant Fined by OSHA

After a complaint was filed an investigation into Covanta Energy Bristol Incorporated and OSHA fines energy plant.

The investigation found 16 serious violations of workplace safety and health standards. Included were: allowing combustible dust to accumulate, failing to determine employees’ exposure to level ash and toxic materials, inadequate training & protective clothing, inadequate safeguards for confined space workers, fall protection, fork truck and other hazards.

These hazards were classified as serious violations because there was a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from the hazard and that the employer should have known.

OSHA Fines Energy Plant

Proposed OSHA Fines Energy Plant

OSHA proposes over $80,000 in fines for Covanta Energy Bristol Inc. after their site visit and inspection.

Onsite Analysis to Review OSHA Compliance

Fall Protection Systems offers a free onsite analysis to their customers. This process gives us the opportunity to answer questions in real time and collect the necessary data needed to propose cost effective solutions. Learn more about our site survey process.

ROI Calculator

Fall Protection is an investment and should be looked at from an ROI standpoint. Use this tool to calculate the cost of a fall to your business.
Use the Calculator.

 

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Safety Footwear & Fall Protection

Benefits of Safety Footwear for Heights

Safety at a workplace is unnegotiable at any job and a must. Reliable employers should ensure that all measures of caution (including safety footwear) are taken to keep their employees safe and to prevent any accidents. Construction jobs fit into a particular category that is especially risky as it involves working at heights.

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Employees should never accept work offers that don’t include safe working conditions or a guarantee that all precautions are in place.  Properly secured working job means everything is done to control risk factors and minimize the chance of accidents appearing. The workplace does not matter, and everyone deserves to feel safe at their job no matter if it is related to office or field. The first step towards safety is providing workers with proper attire. This includes safety hats and footwear, visible clothing and PPE or Personal Protective Equipment.

Risks of working at heights

While all workplaces need to be properly secured, working at heights involves way more risks and requires high caution. Falls and slips are the most often accidents that occur at a workplace yearly, and a great number of them is related to working at heights. By working at heights we mean jobs taking place on roofs, platforms, ladders, buildings as well as on any elevated structure or top of holes.

Most prominent and possible risks involve workers falling or slipping or hard objects falling on workers beneath them. These risks are less likely to happen if a workplace is secured, if objects are correctly stored and managed, if the equipment is secured and lightweight, if workers are skilled or trained properly and, of course, if they are given the correct safety attire and tools. These precautions significantly lower the chance of accidents appearing.

Why is safety footwear crucial?

Depending on the type of the job, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will include different tools and essentials. Working at heights, for example, inevitably requires safety footwear. However, it is often neglected or disregarded. Many accidents happen due to inappropriate footwear that lacks stability and quality. Therefore, it is crucial that adequate footgear becomes an obligatory part of workers’ attire and gets more attention.

Preventive footgear is specifically designed to protect workers from injuries such as slipping, falling or injuries that result in broken feet. It helps prevent fatal consequences thanks to design and material of the shoes. Working at heights requires slip-resistant shoes made from hard and durable material so that they could protect feet in case of objects falling. To maximize safety, this footwear is often upgraded by metal protection for the toes. However, working shoes should also be comfortable so that workers could wear them the whole day.

They should offer enough support and stability for workers so they could have their full range of movement. Working at heights often means standing throughout the entire day, so it is important for shoes to support the back and minimize pain and posture problems. Shoes significantly help prevent extreme exhaustion of the body and, therefore, assist in avoiding fatal injuries.

Safety shoes, while sturdy,  should never be comfortless. It is common for workers to have painful feet and severe blisters that often derive from having the wrong size of the shoes. Safety footwear should fit correctly and comfortably allowing workers to stand the entire day. They have to bear the weight and distribute it properly so that employees could have full stability. There is a rule that says at least 1 cm should be empty between the toes and the top of the shoes. Workers should be able to wiggle their toes and, since often feet are not the same size, they should measure both feet and adapt each shoe.

Types of safety footwear for working at heights:

Metatarsal shoes

Metatarsal shoes are most protective of the upper part of feet bones. They prevent injuries that occur from heavy machinery, equipment or objects dropping on the free. „Dropping injuries” are usually called drop hazards, so metatarsal shoes protect the foot from both sides. These shoes are typical for construction workers or any employees that have to lift heavy objects.

Electrical hazard shoes

Workers who deal with electricity in any form (wiring, circuits, voltage devices, etc.) should wear electric hazard shoes. These shoes are mainly made to prevent electric shocks that could be baneful. Their special sole stops high voltage circuits or electricity and lowers the chance of an injury. Electrical hazards are highly common which means that the importance of these shoes has to be more highlighted.

Metal  footwear

For people working in industries or workplaces where they have to handle sharp objects, such as metal and glass parts, metal instep shoes are unavoidable. They protect the feet from getting hurt since they stop the penetration of sharp objects through the shoes.

There are, however, certain qualities all work shoes should have. Proper safety footwear should be flexible and sturdy as well as easy on the joints. For people working at heights, slip-resistant soles are a must. Shoes should be made of natural materials that keep the foot fresh and rested while also being water resistant.

*Guest Post Written by Matt at Choice Roofs

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Fall Protection Training Videos

Take the time to learn about safety in the fall protection training videos posted below.  These videos are put together by Capital Safety, one of the leading manufacturers of fall protection.  Each video covers a different topic and is presented in a concise manner.  Watch the videos one at a time as your schedule permits, or spend an hour going through all the materials.  If you have any questions or would like to learn more about any of the products or procedures referenced please give us a call at 888-596-5367 or send us a quick note.

 

Ch. 1 Fall Protection Training Videos & Fall Prevention Tips

Ch. 2: Construction Fall Statistics & OSHA Fall Protection Standards

Ch. 3: ANSI Z359 Hierarchy of Fall Protection

Ch. 4: Basics of Fall Protection Systems & Fall Prevention Systems

Ch. 5: A Personal Fall Arrest System Consists of The ABCD’s of Fall Protection

Ch. 6: Fundamentals of Fall Protection | OSHA & ANSI Standards

Ch. 7: Calculating Your Fall Clearance Distance

Ch. 8: Importance of a Fall Protection Rescue Plan for Various Falls

Ch. 9: What is a Personal Fall Arrest System?

Ch. 10: Fall Arrest & Fall Protection Equipment Inspection Checklist

Chapter 11 – Thinking About Fall Protection: Conclusion

 

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Waste Management Fall Protection

Do you work in waste management?  Are your workers safe from fall hazards?  Waste management fall protection should not be overlooked within facilities.  Truck fall protection solutions can protect workers while loading & unloading, spotting, tie down, tarping, as well as equipment maintenance & repair.

Fall Protection Systems has a diverse product offering which gives our customers flexibility when selecting the proper fall protection.  Working together to achieve the least intrusive and most cost effective solution for our customers is priority number 1.  We offer portable fall protection solutions, overhead rigid rail, low clearance options, single point attachments as well as guardrail and other fall prevention products.

Waste Management Fall Protection

How to Get Waste Management Fall Protection

FPS is here with you every step of the way.  Our process is simple, we work together to achieve the best results.  Our process begins with a conversation with a fall protection expert.  During the call, we will discuss your prospective needs, budget and timeline.  From there we can establish a budget quote for fall protection.  The second step, is scheduling a no cost onsite visit from one of our in territory representatives.  During this visit, they will collect measurements and data for the FPS Engineering team.  With this data, we will be able to provide a firm quotation for your facility.

Looking for a simpler solution?  The Fall Protection Systems Online Store offers a variety of fall protection products that are ready to ship.  Do it yourself kits, components, and accessories are all available for purchase.

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Personal Fall Limiter Vs Self Retracting Lifeline

Do you know the difference between a personal fall limiter and self retracting lifeline?  A personal fall limiter is a compact lighter version of a self retracting lifeline or SRL.  Typically weighing from 1 to 3 pounds and having a limited working length between 6 to 9 feet.  A personal fall limiter connects directly to the D-Ring on the back of a full body harness and can be carried on a workers back.  Where as a normal SRL is mounted at an anchor point.

Personal fall limiterShould a worker experience a fall the PFL works just like an SRL.  The fall arrests their descent within 8 to 9 inches, but offers the same mobility of a lanyard.  It is best used in industrial areas with shorter fall clearances.  They can be connected to any type of anchorage point including single point attachments with a weight rating of 400lbs.

Personal Fall Limiter Products

Two of our most popular personal fall limiters are available in the FPS Online Store.  The Miller Scorpion & The Capital Safety Nano-Lok.  Another option available is a twin configuration.  This option would allow a worker to easily move from one anchor point to another without losing fall protection coverage.

Watch the video here.

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Safety Training Market Research

At Fall Protection Systems we are committed to helping employers execute the highest level of standard with regards to worker safety.  To move to the next level we are looking for your help with safety training market research.  As an added service to our customers we are looking into options available to provide basic safety training.  To start, we have developed a list to help us gauge interest in such a program.

Please help us to better serve you by taking just a few minutes to complete this online survey.

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Safety Training Market Research Details

This questionnaire will help us to determine who is looking for training, where they are looking to complete the training, and which classes they need.  Should you have any additional input that is not listed in the survey please contact us directly at 888-596-5367.

Here is a link to the OSHA General Industry training requirements as a refresher.

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