As an employer, do you know how to prevent fatal falls?

All employers have a duty to keep workers out of harm's way. This provision is outlined in the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In addition to conducting regular workplace inspections using IndustySafe's safety software, this commitment also involves providing employees with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), especially to those who are in the construction business.

One of the most useful types of PPE is fall protection. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are certain instances in which workers should use fall protection, which include:

1) Any time an individual is working near unprotected sides and edges that are 6 feet above the ground.

2) When employees are working at excavation sites that require them to be 6 feet below the surface, they are required to use fall protection or fall arrest systems.

3) Workers that are engaged in roofing activities that have them 6 feet above the ground must use PPE.

For more information on when employers need to provide workers with fall protection, do not hesitate to visit the OSHA page which lists the rules and regulations. You can access it by clicking here.

Another great resource that is available is OSHA's Stop Fall page. By visiting www.OSHA.gov/stopfalls, you'll have access to educational materials that include pamphlets, safety posters and tips on how to keep your construction workers safe. You can also read about tips on preventing fatal accidents, which include, planning how to get a job done in advance, having an emergency plane in place training workers on the importance and how to use PPE. Don't wait to take advantage of these free articles or you could be putting your employees lives in danger.