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What is one of the more critical developments, in national fall-protection requirements, for minimizing the potential for compounding injuries during a fall arrest?

In the hierarchy of fall protection, consideration for identifying and controlling fall hazards is prioritized as follows:

You have a fleet of trucks including flatbeds and tank trucks, which have frequent driver incidents off falls from the deck or load. No OSHA standards apply at this time. Therefore you decide to do the following to address truck fall hazards.

What liability does a principal potentially face if he or she contracts for elevated work and requires the contractor to meet local, state, and OSHA regulations?

How should architects respond to the question of immunity from fall-hazard standards?

What are good company guidelines toward the public regarding fall protection?

Stepladders and extension ladders are typically used in your plant to access maintenance work in ceiling panels and pipe racks. However, a recent series of falls by contractor employees have produced several lawsuits against your company for negligence in not requiring contract safety rules to be enforced. What should you do to reduce future risks from falls?

If no mechanical equipment is used, warning-line systems should be erected around all sides of the work area not less than 6 feet from the roof edge.

A monitor works alone to inspect a roof area and, at some point, is briefly 5 feet from an edge. Is he within the requirement for fall protection?

A safety net needs to be installed in the stairwell opening of a building under construction that measures 20 feet by 20 feet. What size net needs to be ordered, and how will it be attached? (Note: anchorage points support 5000 lbs.)

A rail car unloading procedure requires the operator to climb up the ladder at the rear of the car and walk along the tank to open the hatches. A worker falls off and suffers severe head injuries. What procedures do you recommend in the future?

Your company builds concrete structures and sets wall forms around rebar matte structures. You have been told that workers can climb to 24 feet free climb and that a positioning belt is required as the only protection meeting OSHA requirements. You determine that this is unsafe and that a fall arrest system is required for any formwork. You inquire as to the available anchorages. Which one of the following do you select?

What is the overall purpose of the fall-hazard survey?

An owner of a window-installation business serving residential homes in your region has sincerely told each of his workers who install windows that when at height they can ask any piece of safety equipment they want and he will get it for them. The workers love him for this commitment. Unfortunately, it is rare that any equipment is requested by these macho workers who are often exposed to sloped roof falls and ladder hazards. This type of employer is called:

Evaluation forms turned in by participants in your fall-protection training course indicated that many of the students thought the part of the course that taught about laws and standards regarding the use of fall protection were confusing. They said they were not sure what applications in your facility required fall protection at four feet and which tasks required fall protection starting at six feet, or even ten feet. What do you do?

Your normal procedure has been to use knuckle boom aerial platforms to get to pipe racks in difficult locations. However, one particular location cannot be reached with the lift, and that’s where your workers have to use a ladder to access a pipe leak on the same day you find out the location is inaccessible. What one thing do you hope your maintenance crews remember from your last fall-protection training session?

You, as VP Safety of a cell phone tower company, have recently heard of the manufacturer’s withdrawal of a rail-climbing protection device that was not compatible with harness use. You have also heard of your own climbers holding the safety sleeve open when descending, to avoid premature locking when leaning inappropriately. You decide to do what, after stopping all use of this equipment type, including your rescue crews:

After rescue training preparation is initially completed, what do you, as a fall protection Competent Rescuer, determine to be the highest priority going forward to improve your plant’s response to a future event?