Book Reviews

Introduction to FALL PROTECTION

Introduction to Fall Protection
Third Edition

J. Nigel Ellis, Ph.D., CSP, P.E., CPE

Introduction to Fall Protection, 3rd edition 2001

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This new edition of one of the best-selling ASSE texts is written by an expert who helped developed the OSHA standards on fall protection and emergency descent. Dr Ellis offers specifics that will aid in the identification of specific walking and working surfaces hazards, including slips and trips, stairways and ramps, ladders and roofs, The book’s new sample fall protection program provides the essentials for a new program and an audit and program evaluation for established programs. Find out how to eliminate fall hazards through preplanning fall protection. “This book has given us the tools to identify, then intervene in, the multiple contributory practices and conditions that are recognized precursors to fall events”

Thomas A Broderick, Executive Director,
Construction Safety Council

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“This is it! This single volume is the complete resource for fall protection. This volume should be within arm’s reach of every safety professional”

Margaret M. Carroll, PE, CSP, Sandia National Laboratories,
Sandia New Mexico Past President, American Society of Safety Engineers

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I have always considered “Introduction to Fall Protection” a must read when it comes to fall prevention/protection issues or concerns. The 3rd edition is no exception. It is has the right balance of science and practical application. The updates reflecting best practices, regulations and technology make the 3rd edition a fresh resource.

Robert S. Kryswicki
DuPont Safety Resources

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Nigel Ellis’ third edition of his book ” Introduction to Fall Protection ” is a much needed reference. It is written in a matter to develop the involvement of architects, designs engineers, construction managers, superintendents and foreman. Every Safety Engineer or professional now has a ready desk reference to support his fall prevention and protection recommendations. Nigel has with great clarity has developed priorities that address the need to first establish a fall prevention location where a fall cannot occur because the location is free from stumbling or tripping hazards, the surface is non-slip and without an elevation. Fall protection is priority for locations that a fall can be anticipated and with proper devices and systems a fall will never result in injury.

Falls are the principal source of injuries and death, and are caused by a physical condition or circumstance that may not appear to be a hazard. A slight change of circumstance may make a fall possible and if not overcome will cause a fall occur. It is the skill of the safety Engineer to identify circumstances that have a potential to cause falls and with Nigel’s book the methods to eliminate them are well presented.

David V. MacCollum, PE., CSP,
Chairman of the Board of Governors Hazards Information Foundation, Inc. (HIFI), Past President ASSE

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“This comprehensive book address the leading hazards to industrial and construction workers- falling. Fall injuries are not only the most frequent cause of injury and death, but are among the most severe of any type of occupational hazard”

Robert J. Mongeluzzi, Esq Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, Philadelphia

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Common sense (the lack of understanding of hazard, risk, and danger) causes most of the injuries and deaths in construction. Sophistication in safety engineering prevents the injuries and deaths. The American Society of Safety Engineers has made a great contribution to injury prevention by publishing the third edition of Dr. Nigel Ellis’ Introduction to Fall Protection. Dr. Ellis’ knowledge and scope in addressing the subject matter is top notch”

Harry M. Philo Sr., Philo, Atkinson, Stephens, Wright & Whitaker,
Detroit Past President, American Trial Lawyers Association

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“Falls deaths for construction workers are almost two times higher than deaths involving motor vehicles. In all other major industry, falls are among the top five causes of workplace deaths. This third edition should be a new document kept readily at hand by all professionals who will have or now have a role in recognizing fall-related problems, and in selecting the means and methods to address these very serious, traumatic issues.

THIS NEW EDITION OF INTRODUCTION TO FALL PROTECTION is an outstanding compilation of fall-protection research. It is the best publication I have read on the subject, with the most-comprehensive coverage that I have seen in one volume. This well-organized, easy-to- read book will serve as an excellent reference and resource document for safety professional involved in fall-protection program implementation, and those seeking supplementary technical information and guidance on sound fall protection measures. The guidance provided is right on the mark- it will work for those who must solve real-world problems. Those who implement the solutions advocated in this book will provide a great service to the employees whose safety and health is their concern. This edition is a must-have resource for any safety professional involved in fall protection

Thomas H. Seymour P.E., Former Acting Director of Safety Standards, OSHA,
College Park, MD

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The risk of different level falls continues to be a major concern of safety professionals in the manufacturing, mining and construction related industries. And, Nigel continues to provide our professional with leading edge countermeasures. The third edition of Introduction to Fall Protection is a reference book that every safety professional should consider as an essential part or his or her professional library. No other reference exists that brings all the critical components of a systematic and effective fall prevention and control process together like this reference.

Jeff Shockey, CSP, Safety Director-ALCOA North America

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“Falls continue to be the leading cause of accidents and fatalities throughout the world. Fall prevention must be a major provision of the accident prevention plan for all companies.. Dr. Ellis has provided extensive, professionally documented fall prevention materials to safety professionally, managers, supervisors, and craftspersons to utilize during the development, implementation, and evaluation of fall prevention programs”

Delmar E. Del Tally, CSP Construction Safety & Health, Inc. Austin, TX
Past President, American Society of Safety Engineers

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