Posted in Expertise You Can Count On, on Tuesday Jul 25 2017
Author: Andrea Carlson; Safety Manager
For one week in May, OSHA promotes Fall Protection Stand Down to help participating companies raise awareness and educate their staff on how to protect themselves from falls. ACS values safety on job sites and we take pride in our safety record, therefore we were very active in educating our staff and contractors.
Excluding highway collisions, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction.
ACS held sessions and reviewed the ACS Safety Manual to assist contractors on fall hazard mitigation and how to utilize fall prevention and protection correctly. As part of any construction project, the ACS Safety Manager is involved in reviewing the ACS Safety Manual and additional client requirements at the kick off meeting to ensure clear communication on policies and to avoid injury.
Below are further details on the three primary topics that were discussed during the Fall Protection Stand Down:
Fall Prevention – Openings and Edges
The best way to prevent falls from openings or edges is to use engineering controls:
Fall protection needs to be used at 6 feet for the construction industry. This is also dependent on the owners’ requirements.
Selecting the correct fall protection is critical:
How a person is wearing fall protection must be evaluated as well:
41% of falls below 15 feet occurred from ladders. Safety recommendation include: