When a fall protection system is available at a worksite, it’s easy to convince yourself that the system’s existence makes it “safe” to work at height. But just because a system is present, it does not automatically mean that the hazards of that particular location were considered when the fall protection system was selected. It is possible to have an OSHA compliant fall protection system that does not properly protect people from their specific scenario while working at height. Read this blog to learn how fall protection systems can be OSHA compliant without keeping workers safe.
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In 2012, there were 775 fatalities in the construction industry. Out of those 775 fatalities, 269 of them were related to workers falling. At the same time, fall protection was one of the top 10 most frequently cited violations. Due to those trends, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials and their partners decided to promote fall prevention and fall protection education in the construction industry by holding a National Safety Stand-Down. Read this blog for more details about the National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls In Construction.
Fall protection systems are designed to create a safer environment for people who are working at height. But if these systems are installed or used improperly, there are some very serious injuries that can occur. In this week’s blog, we’re going to talk about the different ways that you can be injured by a fall protection system, but then, we’ll discuss the ways that you can prevent those injuries from happening.
While attending the Conexpo Con/Agg 2014 trade show, our field reporter Kristina Harman attended Regulation Roulette: What’s Hitting in New OSHA Regulations. It was a safety seminar about the new workplace safety regulations that OSHA is planning on implementing throughout 2014. Although they covered a variety of workplace hazards, their biggest focus was on fall protection regulations and associated campaigns. In this week’s blog, we’ll be discussing the fall protection highlights from this seminar.
Grain bins and grain storage silos are very dangerous places for people working in the agricultural industry. Although they are often referred to as “grain” bins, these vessels can hold a variety of different dry goods ranging from corn to soy beans to concrete. In this week’s blog, we’re going to discuss the dangers of a grain bin/storage silo and what equipment is needed to make access safer for workers.
In our previous blog, we talked about tips for rooftop fall protection before a permanent system is installed. As we explained last time, the roof can be a very dangerous place. Rooftops expose people to weather, trip hazards, and a variety of other potential fall hazards. In this week’s blog, we’re going to provide some friendly, generalized reminders about how to be safer when working on a rooftop. This is a basic list of things that anyone who needs to access a roof should take into consideration for general rooftop safety.
A roof is clearly a dangerous place. It’s high up in the air. It’s typically sloped. It’s exposed to the elements. And it can be riddled with trip hazards at almost every step. Due to all of these dangers, it seems pretty clear why workers would need fall protection as they are trying to perform various workplace tasks. And so the question rises: on a dangerous roof, how does one stay protected as they are analyzing and installing a rooftop fall protection system? Join us in this week’s blog for tips about staying safer while implementing an effective rooftop fall protection system.
Internships are an opportunity for a wonderful symbiotic relationship between employers and students. By having access to hands-on work experience, students can gain a lot of insight into the corporate world. Zihao Li and Nick Damraksa are currently enrolled at Drexel University where they are pursuing their mechanical engineering degrees. Rigid Lifelines has had the privilege of working with them and teaching them more about engineering and drafting design. Read this blog to learn more about what it’s like to be an engineering intern here at Rigid Lifelines.
Sometimes legal language can make it difficult to understand the main message in documents. And when that legal document is about safety, things can rapidly get more complicated. The Fall Protection Code (ANSI Z359) provides a lot of important information about safety and providing fall protection for people who need to work at height. But sometimes it’s nice to have those rules broken down into friendlier language. This week, we’re going to use everyday language to identify the rules for finding a reliable anchorage point for fall protection systems.