Category Archives: Training

Importance of Training

Workers need training to understand the rules and how they apply in real life situations.  They frequently are simply unaware of dangerous situations such as equipment compatibility problems, the consequences of a sudden free fall or the possibility of impact  with a stationary object.  Workers must be trained that safety is their responsibility and that taking the time to do a job properly is the safest way to protect themselves and their coworkers.  To achieve this, training must provide hands-on opportunities for workers and managers. Workers should also be trained to understand why their work will be observed in the field and why they will be required to undergo additional training if they do not meet expectations on a recurring basis.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” pages 438-439.

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Signs

Signs placed next to fixed ladders, next to scaffold access points, and on suspended scaffolds can provide a continuous message to workers to use fall protection.  They function as a form of repeat training until the safety practice becomes second nature.  Signs are always secondary; except for emergency alerts, they should never be used as long-term, primary protection.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 102.

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Initial Training

The need for training cannot be overemphasized!  It is the first step toward increasing awareness and developing an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of available equipment. Initial training of the safety committee by a competent person is needed to ensure that the fall hazard analysis is properly performed. Then, supervisors or lead persons can be trained as competent persons, receiving instruction in fall protection principles, techniques and equipment performance.  The “training of the trainers” forms the basis of an in-house team that can provide live practice sessions.  Ongoing training is as critical as the initial overview. Periodic refresher instruction for competent person trainers and authorized persons, who are end-users of fall protection procedures and equipment, can serve to reinforce proper proper equipment use and care, as well as provide an opportunity to review new technology.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 438.

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