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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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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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Tool Fall Protection: Dropped Objects Standards

The need for tool fall protection is here. For decades, leading causes of death on construction jobsites in the United States have been “Falls” and “Struck by Object” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2015, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recorded 364 deaths from falls (38.8% of the total construction deaths) and 90 deaths from being struck by objects (9.6% of the total construction deaths). That’s a total of 454 workers whose lives could have been saved with the right training and equipment.

According to the BLS, there are more than 50,000 “struck by falling object” OSHA recordable incidents every year in the United States. As EHS Today calculates, that’s one injury caused by a dropped object every 10 minutes on the job.

WHY IS THIS STANDARD SO IMPORTANT?

Statistics like these have driven the need to develop a standard with industry wide requirements for products designed to provide people and equipment protection from dropped objects. This new standard was originally developed by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) with support from …
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Three Important Fall Protection Considerations

Falls in the workplace have been proven to have significant costs for both employers and injured workers. From workers compensation, medical, and insurance costs, the average amount spent on occupational falls annually is $70 billion in the United States. There are three important fall protection considerations when it comes to making fall protection decisions.

One: Do I need fall protection?

It is an OSHA requirement for employers to provide fall protection for workers at heights of 4 ft or greater in general industry, 5 ft in shipyards, 6 ft in construction, and 8 ft in longshoring operations or at any height over dangerous machinery (1926 Subparts M, D, F).

Two: Fall protection prevention or protection?

When a fall hazard is identified in the workplace the employer can choose to eliminate the hazard or protect against it. If elimination is possible through changes to environment, processes or procedures it is always the safest solution. However, often this is not feasible and it is the responsibility of the employer to protect workers from falls. Passive fall protection can be an option through …
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Fatal Falls From Heights

How high do you have to be to experience a deadly fall? Fatal falls from heights occur as low as 6′. In fact, in 2015 16.9% of all fatal falls were from heights from 10′ or less.


Remote Centralized Confined-Space Monitoring

A study was conducted for the maritime industry by the Dry Bulk Terminals Group that identified an increase in crew member deaths in confined spaces. Remote centralized confined-space monitoring can be set up in compliance with OSHA’s confined space standards for an additional layer of protection.

An advantage of having a central confined space monitoring system is the fact that it requires less workers to manage multiple confined space entries. With the use of badges, the control center authorizes workers to “badge” into confined spaces.

Furthermore, the technology allows for a live visual via internal and external cameras and a clear line of communication both inside and outside the confined space area. Should an emergency arise, the rescue commander can respond immediately.

It is important to note that while remote monitoring is a valuable safety tool it should not replace, but be a part of a comprehensive safety program. Training should include comprehensive evaluation of confined spaces, work permit verification, confined space rescue equipment and teams, as well as gas detection, fall protection, and required personal protective equipment to protect …
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New York Workplace Safety

Construction remains the most lethal industry in 2019 for New York. Changes have been made with an emphasis on New York workplace safety due to the high rate of construction fatalities and injuries during the past 10 years. Local Law 196 was approved by City Council in October of 2017, and it requires workers on specific construction sites to receive 40 hours of training by June 2019. The training materials are provided by the Occupational Safety and Training Administration (OSHA).

By the Numbers

Looking at the numbers, it is undeniable that there has been an increase in accidents within the construction industry. According to the Department of Buildings there were 17 fatalities in 2011 which rose to 25 in 2015. There were 671 injuries reported in 2016, and 761 reported in 2017.

The New York Safety & Training Center

The New York Safety & Training center (privately owned) partners with local nonprofit organizations to provide safety training to workers in the construction industry. They offer OSHA 30 hour classes at a discounted rate to serve the community. The training includes …
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Fines for Residential Worksite Fall Hazards

Residential worksite fall hazards equal significant fines for a Florida based roofing company. Crown Roofing LLC, based out of Sarasota has been fined $265,196 for exposing employees to fall hazards on two different residential worksites. The cites (St. Lucie & Naples) were inspected in August & October of 2018.

The fine is so hefty because out of the 17 inspections performed by OSHA in the past five years, 11 of them resulted in repeat violations in fall protection.

“Companies that fail to meet basic fall protection requirements are placing workers’ lives at risk,” said Condell Eastmond, OSHA’s Fort Lauderdale Area Director. “Crown Roofing’s repeated disregard for complying with safety and health standards demonstrates their indifference to employee safety.”