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OSHA's Top 10: Fall Protection

OSHA's Top 10: Fall Protection

Did you know that there are seven separate OSHA standards related to fall protection in construction, as well as specific fall protection standards for general industry, shipyards, marine terminals and longshoring?  Clearly, it’s a major workplace safety concern.

In all industries, employers at workplaces with fall hazards are required to have a fall protection plan in place. Fall protection plans provide the details of all the fall protection systems to be used at a particular work site, as well as the specifics of how they should be used, maintained, assembled, disassembled, etc.

As with all types of hazards, there is a “hierarchy of control” that comes into play with fall hazards.  Simply put:

  • If you can eliminate a fall hazard altogether, that’s the best approach. No hazard, no controls needed.
  • Since “elimination” is often not feasible with fall hazards, the next preferred measure is to use measures that will keep workers from falling. This is generically referred to as “fall prevention”, and includes guardrails, covers over holes, warning barriers, etc.
  • If you can’t put fall prevention measures in place in certain situations, or if they aren’t enough to ensure that workers stay safe, the next level of control is “fall arrest” – making sure that if workers fall, they won’t fall far and won’t hit anything when they do.  Fall arrest systems typically include a body harness, a lanyard with a shock absorber or other deceleration device and connectors.  There also needs to be a secure anchor point to which the worker connects.

When properly used, fall protection systems save lives.

If OSHA inspected your workplace tomorrow, would you be able to demonstrate that your workers know what fall protection measures should be used in different situations? Could you prove that they have received training on fall protection systems?  We can help!

When your workers have taken Vubiz’ “Fall Prevention and Fall Arrest” course, they will be able to:

  • Recognize different types of fall hazards.
  • Identify fall protection methods and when they should be applied.
  • Be familiar with the components of fall prevention systems.
  • Recognize the components of personal fall arrest systems.
  • Explain how to prepare for emergencies related to falls from heights

When you purchase access to this and other Vubiz courses, your workers’ learning is automatically recorded in a Learning Management System (LMS), so you can see who has successfully completed the training and when.  Your training records are generated automatically! Courses are also available to be put on your LMS if you have one.


Did you know that OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week is August 12-18, 2019?  OSHA sets this week aside every year for companies to celebrate their safety and health successes. Providing safety training is a great way for your company to participate, and we can help.  If you purchase Hazard Communication for your workers by August 18, we’ll give you 20% off the regular price if you use the coupon code Safe+Sound2019.

Contact Vubiz for additional information.

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