Fall Protection & Prevention

Slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. Management should implement fall protection and fall prevention programs to protect employees.

Falls from evaluated locations account for the majority of deadly falls. Companies must identify fall hazards and implement effective fall prevention programs and fall protection systems to protect employees. The primary action is to eliminate fall hazards. The US Department of Labor reports that falls are one of the primary causes of occupational death. When an employee is working at a height of four feet or more, the employee is risking a fatal fall: fall protection and fall prevention programs are required. Fall protection must be provided at four feet in general industry, five feet in maritime and six feet in construction. Fall protection is also required when an employee is working over dangerous equipment or machinery.

To start a fall protection program, you should first identify the all hazards. Using fall prevention and fall protection engineering controls and fall protection equipment are the primary means of eliminating injury and death from falls. Using work platforms, railings and toe boards provide permanent fall protection when working at heights

Fall protection systems are equipment and devices that arrest a free fall or that restrain an employee so that it prevents a fall from occurring.

Fall protection systems are equipment and devices that arrest a free fall or that restrain an employee so that it prevents a fall from occurring.

Three factors determine the arresting force from a fall: lanyard material type, free fall distance and the weight of the worker. The use of a shock-absorbing lanyard or a higher tie-off point will reduce the impact force from a fall.

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 Aerial And Scissors Lift Program Safety ProgramDownloadMS-WORD
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 Compatibility Of Fall Protection Equipment Safety Topic Fact SheetDownloadMS-WORD
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 Falls In Construction Bridges DecksDownloadMS-WORD
 Falls In Construction Floor OpeningsDownloadMS-WORD
 Fixed ScaffoldsDownloadMS-WORD
 Ladder Training Handout SpanishDownloadMS-WORD
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 Management Handbook Slips Trips And FallsDownloadMS-WORD
 Slip Trip Fall Prevention Training OutlineDownloadMS-WORD
 Ladder Safety Pamphlet SpanishDownloadMS-WORD
 Ladder Safety PamphletDownloadMS-WORD
 Fall Protection 10 HourDownloadMS-PPT
 Fall Protection Roofing PowerPointDownloadMS-PPT
 Fall Protection Systems PowerPointDownloadMS-PPT
 Ladder Safety 02 PowerPointDownloadMS-PPT
 Pump Jack Scaffold Safety PowerPointDownloadMS-PPT
 Slips Trips Falls PowerPointDownloadMS-PPT
 Walking Working Surfaces 10 HourDownloadMS-PPT
 Workplace Fall Protection PowerPointDownloadMS-PPT
 Slip Trip Fall Safety SessionDownloadMS-WORD
 2brief SlipDownloadMS-WORD
 Accidents Slip Trip TalkDownloadMS-WORD
 Fall PreventionDownloadOnLine
 Fall Protection Tie OffDownloadOnLine


 Poster FallDownloadMS-WORD
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Safety Comic Strip
 Comic Archive Fall Protection Safety Comic StripDownloadMS-WORD
 Comic Archive Slips Trips Falls Safety Comic StripDownloadMS-WORD
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