Three Point Control Defined by OSHA

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 345 of the 899 construction fatalities recorded in 2014. Falls from ladders make up nearly a third of those deaths. Some of these deaths can be prevented if designers incorporate horizontal grab features to enable workers to more effectively use three-point control when climbing ladders and other structures.

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Slips, Trips, and Falls 2016: The Way Forward (October 4th and 5th, 2016)

The Way Forward: An Update on Falls at the same Level, Stair Falls and Elevated Falls.

This is practical and research information on what is new for building owners, specifiers, safety managers, architects, risk managers for Hotels, Manufacturing, Food, Transport, Leisure, Health Clubs etc.

From the event website:
Slips, trips and falls are the biggest cause of unintentional injury in the world today. This 2 day international conference will share the latest research and ideas to help develop solutions to reduce the incidence and impact of this ongoing problem. Slips, trips and falls on the level, stair falls and falls from height will all be addressed and updated with the latest thinking. The Conference Co-Chairs are Steve Thorpe, Chair, United Kingdom Slip Resistance Group and Richard Bowman, Chair, Slips, Trips and Falls Technical Committee, International Ergonomics Association.

Date: 4 and 5 October 2016:
London UK
Organized by the UK Slip Resistance Group
Click here for more information and Speaker List

Following Scaffolding Regulations

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The safety requirements for employees working on scaffolds as defined by OSHA are often overlooked by many, but could essentially be the difference between life and death falls.

Without a doubt, scaffolds should be able to hold it’s own weight and four times the maximum intended load applied.  In addition to this, OSHA states that “each employee more than 10 feet above a lower level shall be protected from falls by guardrails or a fall arrest system.” However, those who are on a single-point or two-point adjustable scaffold are required to be protected by a personal fall arrest system as well. Making sure construction companies understand when each requirement is needed is essential to the safety and protection of their workers.

In addition, employers are required to train scaffold employees on the hazards and dangers and how to minimize the risk of injury as well as, proper procedures to follow. Without the proper training of employees who use scaffolds, companies are not taking full advantage of the safety equipment required.

Overall, following scaffolding regulations are essential to protection of employees, but the training on these systems are absolutely imperative and should never be overlooked.

For more information on fall protection, fall safety training, and procedures, please visit FallSafety.com where safety is #1.

OSHA Third Annual National Safety Stand-down May 2-6, 2016

The third annual National Safety Stand-down will take place from May 2-6, 2016.   It is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. is this year’s theme.

Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer’s trade associations, institutes, worker interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.

Find out more from OSHA about the stand down and what your company can do to participate. https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/index.html

Temporary FP Systems

Although double-lanyard systems remain a seemingly obvious answer for moving horizontally on many present structures without the provision of horizontal lifelines, their use is cumbersome.  An interesting variant used in Japan employs a simpler system that includes a keybox attached to the worker’s belt.  One lanyard key is inserted and remains attached until a second lanyard key is inserted in another opening.  This action ejects the first lanyard key and allows unhindered transfer past obstructions or supports while ensuring continuous protection.

See “Introduction to Fall Protecton, 4th Edition” page 242.

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Fall-Rescue Planning

It is important to point out that the Fall Protection Code was not written for professional rescuers, such as fire, police and ambulance personnel.  The standards were developed for PFAS users and manufacturers.  While rope rescue by professional rescuers may be the last resort after other rescue means are considered and/or tried and rejected, Z359 standards are written for equipment users as planned rescuers.  Therefore, the emphasis is placed on planning for emergencies as part of the overall fall protection program.  It is important, however, that the rescuers be trained in the latest treatment methods for suspension intolerance.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 460.

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