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Safe + Sound Week

Though the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries in the United States has decreased by more than 60 percent in the past forty years since the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act was passed, each year more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job and 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness. OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week is an annual awareness event supporting their year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program.

Safe + Sound Week

A job site illness, injury, or fatality is a traumatic event not only physically harming your employee, but emotionally impacting the worker, their families, and their coworkers. The costs of these incidents are considerable and compounding on your business. In addition to physical impairment to your valuable employee, injuries, illnesses, and fatalities negatively impacts resources and revenue, increases insurance costs, incurs legal and medical fees, and exposes you to fines and penalties.

Implementing a safety and health program can improve safety and health performance, save money, and improve competitiveness. Safety and health programs …
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Rail or Cable Fall Protection

Frequently our Fall Protection Specialist are asked which type of overhead fall protection they recommend. Which is safer? Which is more cost-effective? What are the overall pros and cons of either? Should I choose rail or cable fall protection?

Rail or Cable Fall Protection

Our answer in most applications is that overhead rigid rail is best. In durability, long-term cost-effectiveness, and functionality, rigid rail out performs overhead cable fall protection.

In the event of a fall arrest, overhead rigid rail systems stop a fall within inches of the center of supporting attachments. Cable systems have a deflection of several feet, leading to a serious concern of a secondary fall. A safety cable behaves similar to a rubber band under load. A tensioned cable “bounces” a fall victim leading to a high possibility of a secondary fall or striking an impact hazard below.

The patented TD3 Truss Overhead Trolley Rail from Fall Protection Systems can span one hundred feet between support columns, minimizing its footprint and installation cost. To minimize cable deflection and spring-back during fall arrests, overhead cable …
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Business Operations Update in Response to COVID-19

Fall Protection Systems is 100% committed to safety in the workplace. Providing a complete engineered solution to protect your workers with compliant, reliable, and user-friendly fall protection continues to be our #1 priority. We are working with our partners and clients to safely conduct business operations as we remain mindful of mitigating everyone’s exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

There will be little disruption to our services and we continue to remain available for planning, budgeting, and fall protection system inquiries and quotes. All onsite surveys and installations will be completed as scheduled in accordance with any guest policies at partner or client facilities. We are temporarily restricting non-essential air travel of our sales staff, but all remain available through phone, email, or video calls. 

Securing your workforce from fall hazards remains a critical priority. You can reach any of our staff via email or phone call to 888-596-5367 during normal business hours.


Tom Dillon Joins FPS

Fall Protection Systems welcomes Tom Dillon! Tom is a fall protection, confined space, and rescue specialist and we are thrilled to have him working with our National and Dealer Account programs.

Tom Dillon Joins FPS

Tom joined the safety industry in 1995 with Miller Fall Protection and earned his fall protection expertise through local, national, and international experience. In his 25-year career, he has excelled in fall protection, confined space, and rescue solutions for industrial worksites, working his way in increasingly responsible roles from Sales Manager to Global and North American Strategic and Development Management.

Tom lends his expertise in fall protection and rescue planning as a speaker at regional and national symposiums. He has trained thousands of workers over the years in the proper use of fall protection, confined space and rescue products.

When he is not advocating for fall protection and rescue solutions, Tom is a lieutenant on Rescue Squad 8126 in Washington, Missouri, the oldest continuous volunteer fire department in the state, recognized as a top squad by ISO. He is a Fire …
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OSHA Reporting Deadline is March 2nd

OSHA’s 29 CFR part 1904 regulation requires that employers with more than 10 employees in most industries keep records of occupational injuries and illnesses at their establishments. Employers must track these incidents through OSHA forms 300, 300A, and 301. This year’s OSHA reporting deadline is March 2nd, but will only require employers to submit Form 300A.

OSHA Reporting Deadline is March 2nd

Typically, all work establishments are required to maintain:

  • annual log of all work-related injuries and illnesses (OSHA Form 300)
  • annual summary of work-related injuries (OSHA Form 300A
  • incident reports for specific work-related injuries and illnesses (OSHA 301 Form)

Beginning for 2020 annual reporting requirements, employers with 250 or more employees at a particular establishment are no longer required to electronically submit their OSHA 300 and 301 forms directly to OSHA, but are still required to electronically file their annual OSHA 300A form before March 2, 2020.

Establishments with between 20 and 249 employees are still required to electronically file their OSHA 300A Form by March 2, 2020, if they fall into one of the industries designated by OSHA’s …
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Happy New Year from FPS

We look forward to continued partnerships and protecting the work force from work place falls in the coming year and beyond.

The FPS Office will be closed Wednesday, January 1st.


MIOSHA Awards Safety & Health Minded Orgs

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) announced the award of $870,000 in training grants to 20 nonprofit organizations. The grants are awarded to employer groups, labor organizations, and other nonprofits who have shown a commitment and effort toward enhancing safety and health training.

MIOSHA Awards Safety & Health Minded Orgs

During the 2019 grant period, more than 20,000 employees attended training sessions funded by MIOSHA CET training grants. These efforts increase safety awareness in the workplace and encourage work practices that result in fewer injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on work sites. Grant recipients are required to demonstrate how their efforts will meet specific objectives and must file quarterly activity and financial reports with MIOSHA who monitors the grant programs and observes on-site operations.

“Bold solutions are needed to ensure Michigan’s working men and women are safe on the job as they build and strengthen our communities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “I am committed to protecting Michigan workers, improving workplace safety and health is a wise investment that benefits business and ensures workers return home.”

MIOSHA awards Consultation …
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Happy Holidays from FPS

The FPS offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th.


Trust Fall Protection Experts for Rooftop Safety

The Board of Labor Statistics reported 5,147 fatal occupational injuries in 2017, 887 of those were from fall-related incidents. While you may think of turning to a roofing contractor to help you with your own rooftop fall protection, know that statistics reveal falls are the leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths among roofers. A more competent fall safety partner is a fall protection specialist who is experienced with customizing secure and compliant systems. You can trust fall protection experts for rooftop safety.

Trust Fall Protection Experts for Rooftop Safety

Workers on roofs encounter many hazards on the job, including hazards associated with working at heights and from ladders. Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved with proper planning, providing the right protection and equipment, and thorough training.

There are many solutions available to provide safe and compliant rooftop fall protection. Guardrails, anchors, warning lines, cable lines, nets, personal fall arrest systems, and more: each designed to protect from specific hazards encountered working on roofs. Choosing the right solution can be overwhelming but you do not …
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Holiday Decorating Fall Protection Plan

‘Tis the season to brighten your workplaces with festive holiday decorations. ‘Tis not the season to risk the safety of your employees. Improper fall protection has topped OSHA’s Top Ten citations for nine consecutive years. If you will be decorating at heights, it is critical to make sure you have a holiday decorating fall protection plan.

Holiday Decorating Fall Protection Plan

If you have opted to decorate your building(s) for the holidays, your first consideration should be whether you self-install or if you should hire a commercial installer. Depending on your operations, this may be the only time your employees are working at heights so you should assess the following:

  • How often do your employees access the areas needed to install holiday decorations?
  • Do you have safety plans and equipment to keep workers at heights safe during installation?
  • Have you identified, marked, and/or removed any hazards that may be encountered by decoration installation?
  • Are your employees trained on all safety plans, hazard identification and avoidance, and on all safety equipment?

If you answered no for the most part, you may want …
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