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Tip of the Week No. 120 – 07/17/06 – Change in Elevation


A step or sudden change in floor level -from one or two inches up to a foot or more – that is not guarded or clearly identified can lead to falls and should be avoided, especially in high-traffic areas or around equipment where operator traffic is high.
Color contrast at a leading edge promotes high visual awareness, provided added illumination is maintained.
OSHA calls for a ladder, ramp or stair when the difference in elevation is 19 inches or more.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 3rd Edition” page 83.
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Tip of the Week No. 33 – 07/26/04. Holes.


Holes are a huge fall hazard. Workers can fall through holes as small as 14 inches square. They must be covered securely during construction and marked “HOLE:DO NOT REMOVE.”

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 3rd Edition” page 100.
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Tip of the Week No. 31 – 07/12/04 – Pits.


Pits for auto or commercial vehicle maintenance:
Elimination: avoid access through the top of the pit opening.
Prevention: install guardrails and cover sections that slide.
Arrest: lightweight nets on cables.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 3rd Edition” page 85.

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