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OSHA Awarded $11.2 in Safety Grants

OSHA awarded $11.2 million in safety grants through the Susan Harwood federal safety and health training program. The grants will provide education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, including the coronavirus, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. 

OSHA Awarded $11.2 in Safety Grants

The Susan Harwood Training Grants Program funds grants to nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, colleges, and universities. Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries. 

OSHA awarded 80 grants to conduct occupational safety and health training in urban and economically distressed areas. The 2020 Harwood grant awards also funded 12 targeted-topic training grants and four training and educational materials development grants on topics related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of the awards will at least partially fund fall prevention and protection training. Four awards were specifically targeted on the topic:

Brazilian Worker Center in Allston, MA – Awarded $135,000 to …
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Rail Car Fall Protection

It is Rail Safety Week in North America. While the focus of those efforts is to raise awareness about the dangers around railroad crossings, it is also a good time to review safety precautions for anyone working in or around rail cars and lines. If your operations include working on top of rail cars, which sit at heights of as high as 16 feet, you are required to provide rail car fall protection.

Rail Car Fall Protection

Fall Protection Systems led the industry to the overhead rigid rail fall protection standard for rail car fall protection operations, creating solutions for working over tanker, spine, and hopper cars. Whether indoor or outdoor, permanent or portable, overhead rigid rail fall protection systems provide the highest degree of mobility and safety in fall protection. The FPS Patented TD3 truss allows for greater spans in between support columns reducing both the costs and the footprint of the system at your facility.

The L-Series is a single-line fall protection system covered by the TD3 Truss Trolley rail attached to vertical support columns that …
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Everything Construction Fall Protection

Accounting for the highest number of injuries, fatalities, and related costs resulting from workplace falls, construction remains a highly targeted industry for safety groups. Construction sites are routinely cited for fall hazard violations, contributing to three of the top ten OSHA violations year after year. Construction falls are preventable. Fall Protection Systems is a trusted source for everything construction fall protection including hazard identification, solutions, and training.

Everything Construction Fall Protection

OSHA requires that employers protect construction workers from fall hazards along unprotected sides or edges that are at least 6 feet above a lower level. Construction sites expose workers to a variety of hazards including working at heights, open edge exposure, and industrial equipment maneuvering.

  • Properly fitted PPE – Each worker using a fall arrest system should have their own, uniquely fitted harness. Harnesses come in a variety of sizes and configurations. They should only be used for their intended application and weight capacity. They should be inspected daily to ensure good working condition and custom-fitted to the individual user.
  • Secure Anchor Points – Anchor points provide the …
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National Safety Stand-Down

The construction industry leads in fall-related injuries and fatalities by far in the U.S., with more than 20,000 injuries and 338 deaths in 2018. Construction workers are more than seven times more likely to die from a fall from height than other industries. Considered preventable, OSHA focuses many resources on mitigating construction site falls including the annual National Safety Stand-Down fall hazard awareness event being held this week.

National Safety Stand-Down

A Safety Stand-Down is an opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. This week, safety information should focus on fall hazards and reinforcing the importance of fall prevention. Make sure to schedule the stand-down for each shift and consider including any subcontractors, engineers, architects, owners, and management. Your stand-down should be interactive and inclusive of employee experiences and suggestions. Structure your stand-down around the following topics:

  • What types of falls could happen? Common construction fall hazards result from operations including working on or near ladders, roofs, scaffold, stairs, or floor or roof openings.
  • What fall protection is provided? Employers are required to provide appropriate …
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Everything Fall Protection Commitment

Two weather events have widely impacted the country recently, stalling essential operations with extensive damage. A devastating Derecho wreaked havoc in Iowa and Illinois, toppling utility towers and grain facilities and damaging buildings. In the southwest corner of Louisiana, Hurricane Laura destroyed parts of the power grid, leveled buildings, and crippled distribution routes. As communities rebuild, returning industrial workers to safe operations will be critical. Our Everything Fall Protection commitment includes working with our facility partners to get staff back to safe operations as quickly as possible after unexpected incidents or weather events.

Everything Fall Protection Commitment

Damage to your fall protection system may not be as obvious as toppled columns. Before returning to operations, an inspection of your fall protection system is recommended. FPS offers nationwide inspections, regardless of manufacturer or installer, completed by our experienced and certified inspection technicians. The inspection includes a thorough evaluation of your fall protection systems, torque and bolt maintenance, and a certified inspection and evaluation report. Every component of your system will be inspected including trolley rail & attachments, foundations & …
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High Fall Risk Industries

Costing $15.4 billion annually and claiming nearly 900 lives in 2018, falls remain a critical problem for U.S. businesses. Considered preventable, workplace safety enforcement and advocacy agencies continually focus on mitigating the risk of falls. Our most essential workers are operating in high fall risk industries including construction, manufacturing, transportation & warehousing, and agriculture.

High Fall Risk Industries

The construction industry leads in fall-related injuries and fatalities by far, with more than 20,000 injuries and 338 American construction workers losing their lives in 2018. Construction workers are more than seven times more likely to die from a fall from height than other industries. Construction sites are routinely cited for fall hazard violations, contributing to three of the top ten OSHA violations year after year. Construction workers who are six feet or more above lower levels and those that use ladders are at risk for serious injury or death and must use fall protection safety equipment.  Solutions including guardrails, personal fall arrest systems, and ladder safety kits can reduce the risk of falls on construction sites.

Manufacturing facilities expose workers …
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Safety Harness Plays Critical Role

When using a fall protection system as part of your safe operations protocol, a safety harness plays a critical role. Fall arrest harnesses are designed to minimize injuries during a fall and while waiting on rescue.

Safety Harness Plays Critical Role

Role of the Safety Harness:When properly worn, fitted, and attached to a fall protection system through a self-retracting lifeline, the force of a fall is distributed through the harness to areas of the body better able to absorb the force and support the worker’s weight. In addition to distributing force, the design of a full-body harness serves to keep the user upright in a fall, keeping the spine vertical, which is ideal for the body to best absorb compressive forces of a fall.

Proper Fit:Typically weighing less than three pounds, the safety harness has a back-mounted D-Ring which is used to hook up to the lifeline. Harnesses include quick-release clamps and tensioning adjustments to fit various body shapes and sizes. Proper adjustment of the harness is essential to the user’s safety. Ill-fitting harnesses can be uncomfortable …
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Harvest Fall Protection Safety

This week is Harvest Safety Week supported by the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA). During this second annual event, NGFA will highlight safety resources for harvesting including daily emails with safety tip sheets, interactive courses, videos, and podcasts. Fall Protection Systems started our business over 25 years ago serving the grain industry and are the leaders in harvest fall protection safety.

Harvest Fall Protection Safety

Grain Bin Entry Grain storage bin entry leads to more fatalities than any other incident in the industry. Though suffocation from engulfment, hazardous atmosphere, or lack of oxygen is the official cause of death, the accidents stem from slips or falls without adequate fall arrest protection or confined space rescue.  To mitigate these falls, equip grain bin entry workers with a fall arrest system that includes a harness connected to a lifeline that is positioned and of sufficient length to prevent a worker from sinking into the grain. You also need appropriate rescue equipment on hand and ensure everyone is trained on its proper use. We recommend a davit arm that has multiple …
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Get to Know Fall Protection Inspections

Protecting your employees and your fall protection system investment requires daily and annual inspections. From the individual and personal components to the anchor and structure, get to know fall protection inspections.

Get to Know Fall Protection Inspections

Components of an overhead fall protection system typically include a single-point attachment or a trolley anchor as part of a larger structure with foundations. Annual inspections should be completed by a competent person or a competent rescuer, who is not the user, to verify the equipment is safe for continued use. Fall Protection Systems offers nationwide inspections, regardless of manufacturer or installer, completed by experienced and certified inspection technicians. The inspection includes a thorough evaluation of structure and footings, torque and bolt maintenance, and a certified inspection and evaluation report.

The carabiner typically provides the attachment from the self-retracting lifeline (SRL) to the anchor point. There are two spring-loaded safety locks that prevent the carabiner from opening or accidentally releasing. After opening, the carabiner should automatically close and lock in place. If that feature ever fails, the carabiner should be removed from …
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Annual Fall Protection System Inspection

Fall protection equipment is an investment in your business and your staff, keeping your employees safe while performing work at heights. This investment in the safety of your employees requires maintenance: buy-in and use by your employees, regular training, and daily PPE inspections, but do you also need an annual fall protection system inspection?

Annual Fall Protection System Inspection

Both ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) require inspection of fall protection equipment and components. There is emphasis on inspection of the components before each use and after any fall event, detailed in ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007 and OSHA 1910 Subpart F.

ANSI’s inspection standards do specify an annual inspection and related standards state:

  • Fall protection equipment shall be inspected by the authorized person at least once at the beginning of each eight hour shift in which it is used to verify that it has not sustained any wear or damage that would require its removal from service.  
  • Fall protection and fall rescue equipment shall be inspection on a regular basis not to exceed …
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