You hear a lot in the news about workers falling and getting injured while on the job. Commercials for law firms specializing in fall injury suits flood TV advertisements. So why do employers let their employees work at unsafe heights without protection and why do workers think that they are invincible and cannot be injured? The answers to these questions are different because buildings and work environments are unique. Work practices are varied as is the safety equipment available.
So what exactly is Fall Protection Equipment and how does an employer muddle through all the information to provide the best protection for employees?
Let's start with a definition. Fall protection or a fall arrest system is an active means of protecting workers from falls in elevated work environments. A complete fall arrest system includes an anchor system, a body harness, and a connector - such as a shock-absorbing lanyard or a self-retracting lifeline (SRL).
OSHA 1926 standards requires fall protection for all employees who work at heights, defined as:
- 4' per OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards
- 5' per OSHA 1918 Long Shoring Standards
- 6' per OSHA Construction Standards
There are also the ANSI family of Z359 fall protection standards. These standards are an attempt to help make matters better and to get more standardization around technology and equipment to help normalize the fall protection practices for everyone.
Errors happen, people get complacent...a little common sense and a lot of training for businesses and employees can go a long way in preventing accidents.
Help your workers stay safe by using fall protection equipment like Gorbel's Tether Track™ Fall Arrest system. These fall protection systems provide workers with a high degree of mobility and freedom to perform a task while helping to prevent falls.