Fall protection was OSHA’s number 1 most cited violation in 2012. Considering this frightening information, it should come as no surprise that, in Pennsylvania alone, there were 23 job-related deaths caused by on the job falls, slips, and trips throughout 2012. This is unfortunate, because on-the-job falls are completely preventable. Here are some tips you and your coworkers can use to prevent these terrible occurrences from happening on your jobsite.
Every job calls for different kinds of equipment. It is imperative that, when working from an elevated surface, you use the tools that are right for the task at hand. Any worker that is six feet or more off the ground is at serious risk for injury or death. Anyone in this scenario should have proper safety equipment such as scaffolds, ladders, harnesses, and hard hats. Before using these tools, they should be inspected to make sure they are safe. Check for things like worn out parts and loose screws and make sure that all safety clothing fits properly.
Having the proper safety equipment isn’t enough to guarantee on-the-job safety. All workers using this equipment need to be thoroughly trained. Make sure everyone knows how to set-up all of the gear as well as how to properly use each tool, including which tools can and cannot be used for certain tasks.
OSHA has put together an excellent fall prevention program stating that on-the-job falls can be prevented by following these simple steps: Plan, Provide, and Train. More information on this campaign can be found here, while OSHA’s fall prevention fact sheet can be found here.
If you have been hurt on the job as a result of a slip, trip, or fall, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation. If you live in the Harrisburg, Clearfield, or Lewistown area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow for a free consultation.