Fall Protection Plan | Safeguard Workers Against Falls from Heights
Falls are one of the most common accidents on the job. One wrong step can mean serious injury or even death from just a few feet above a lower level. In 2018 alone, 52,510 workers were injured in falls to a lower level and 615 workers died because of similar falls. And the truth is, none of those accidents had to happen. You can keep your workers safe at a height with a few easy steps.
Select the Best Fall Protection for Your Workers
You know your worksite better than anyone, but be sure you consider appropriate fall protection whenever the work changes. If your workers are transitioning to a new project involving working at heights, consider whether enhancements to their fall protection system or additional training may be necessary.
Teach Your Workers About Fall Protection
Once you have the tools, give your workers the information they need to stay safe.
- Use different kinds of teaching methods to create unique training activities during safety presentations. It’s one thing to explain why workers should keep a clean workspace, but it’s another to create an activity where workers spot hazards to understand the necessity of a clean workspace at a height.
- Send fun safety videos to your workers after trainings to keep them thinking about specific topics like guidelines for working near safety nets.
- Place safety posters in high-traffic areas of your workplace to promote smart safety practices when you’re not on site.
In addition to your regular toolbox talks, consider an additional tailgate meeting before workers go up to an elevated jobsite. Taking this time gives you an additional opportunity to offer safety tips and ask for questions from workers.
Remind Your Workers Regularly about Common Sense Safety Rules
With so many regulations to keep track of and so much on the line, reminders are especially important when working at heights. While many reminders take place in person, you can also send workers just-in-time safety reminder lessons if you notice someone forgetting to inspect their safety harness or cutting corners in any way. You can also double-down on common sense safety lessons:
- Teach your workers that their sense of balance is their first line of defense, even when using different kinds of fall protection. Working at a height can cause some workers to feel anxious and move more cautiously than they would on the ground, so reminding them about minding their balance can help them move and work more confidently.
- Provide hi-vis PPE so they can easily see where their teammates are at all times.
- Offer slip-resistant footwear to minimize the risk of slipping and falling.
- Advocate keeping workstations and walkways neat and clear so work areas are free from tripping hazards.
- Enforce guidelines for walking within walkway limits and using railings when available.
- Have workers begin projects at ground-level so they can perform fewer tasks at a height.
- Most of all, encourage workers to report any hazards they see so they can keep themselves and their coworkers safe.
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