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General Industry Fall Protection

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Employers must take measures in their workplaces to prevent employees from falling off overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls. This quick card from OSHA is a reference for workers in the general industry.

Product Highlight: FPS User Set

A fall protection systems overhead rigid rail system is used in conjunction with an FPS user set. This set of PPE (personal protective equipment) is how the worker connects to the overhead rigid rail fall protection system.

FPS User Set Components

A user set contains four PPE products:

  • Trolley
  • Self Retracting Lifeline
  • Full Body Harness
  • Safety Relief Straps

FPS User Set Components: FPS Trolley, SRL, Full Body Harness, Safety Relief Straps Additional User Sets

Most FPS fall protection systems include at least one standard user set. However, standard systems can typically support a minimum of 2 users**. Additional users sets can be purchased at the time of system purchase – or after the installation or erection of the system. The FPS Online store, carries a user set in stock and ready to ship.

**Be sure to contact FPS if you are unsure how many users your current system is rated for.

Is an Additional FPS User Set Needed?

If two workers are performing tasks at height, they will both need to be tethered to the fall protection system. Additional consideration needs to be …
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Manual Labor and Automation Coexist

Few enterprises are true one-person operations. We almost always depend on the cooperation of co-workers to achieve production goals and get the job done, no matter what it is. But while most of our compatriots on the production floor are flesh and blood, not all of them are. Some of the most important “co-workers” we have in an industrial or commercial environment are the machines and equipment that automate many of the processes that are part of our everyday routines. Although people may worry about the impact automation will have on the labor market, the truth is that human beings and automated systems can co-exist in harmony.

In fact, bringing human labor and automation together in the workplace benefits everyone for a number of reasons. Because automation is suited to many of the most tedious tasks, employees are free to turn their attention and creativity to solving more complicated problems. Automated systems also handle many extremely dangerous jobs, creating a safer facility for all involved. With fewer accidents, morale increases and turnover decreases. Introducing advanced technology also provides opportunities …
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High OSHA Penalties After Employee Death

A roofing company in Florida is faced with high OSHA penalties after a worker died on the job. The worker sustained fatal injuries after a fall in Naples, Florida.

After an OSHA investigation, it was found that the employees were not provided with fall protection systems while performing roofing activities. There was no training provided on proper procedures to erect and us systems, as well as improper training on operation of powered industrial trucks. The proposed fine is for $32,013.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

“This incident may have been prevented had the company implemented and followed OSHA’s fall protection standards,” said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Director Condell Eastmond.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women …
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Spanish Fall Protection Training

Many people are aware of the need for fall protection in the workplace. In fact, it was the number one cited OSHA violation for 2018. Do you know what number eight was? Not providing a fall protection training program. As those violations continue to grow it is important for employers to provide training programs for their employees.

According to The Center for Construction Research and training, of the 11.2 million construction workers within the United States, over 30 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino. More than half of those workers do not speak English. Therefore, it is time employers consider offering Spanish fall protection training.

Although OSHA mandates that employers offer training “in a language and vocabulary workers can understand,” it does not always happen. Unfortunately, OSHA rarely learns about the lack of training until it is too late and an accident has already taken place.

It is important for employers to understand that there is a financial benefit to providing training and proper fall protection equipment to their workers. Workers compensation claims are reduced when there are fewer hazards. This …
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