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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MS-WORD Aerial And Scissors Lift Program Safety Program
MS-WORD Construction Fall Protection Safety Program
MS-WORD Fall Protection Program For Construction Safety Program
MS-WORD Fall Protection Work Plan 02 Safety Program
MS-WORD Fall Protection Work Plan Safety Program
MS-WORD General Industry Fall Prevention Safety Program
MS-WORD Safety Harness Inspection Safety Program
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MS-WORD Fall Prevention Work Plan Program Development
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MS-WORD Compatibility Of Fall Protection Equipment Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Construction Fall Protection Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Fall Arrest Systems Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Fall Emergency Response Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Fall Rescue Techniques Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Safety Harness Safety Topic Fact Sheet

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MS-WORD Slip Trip And Fall Prevention Supervisor Safety Checklist
MS-WORD Floor Grating Removal Permit Form
MS-WORD Floor Grating Removal Procedure Form
MS-WORD Exits And Walkways Inspection General Form

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MS-WORD Fall From Roof Accident Report
MS-WORD Post Fall Arrest Resuce Safety Article
MS-WORD Preventing Slips And Trips Safety Article
MS-WORD Emergency Fall Protection Emergency Guide
MS-WORD Fall Protection Harnesses Training Handout
MS-WORD Fall Protection Training Handout
MS-WORD Falls In Construction Bridges Decks
MS-WORD Falls In Construction Floor Openings
MS-WORD Fixed Scaffolds
MS-WORD Ladder Training Handout Spanish
MS-WORD Ladder Training Handout
MS-WORD Management Handbook Slips Trips And Falls
MS-WORD Slip Trip Fall Prevention Training Outline
MS-WORD Ladder Safety Pamphlet Spanish
MS-WORD Ladder Safety Pamphlet
MS-PPT Fall Protection 10 Hour
MS-PPT Fall Protection Roofing PowerPoint
MS-PPT Fall Protection Systems PowerPoint
MS-PPT Ladder Safety 02 PowerPoint
MS-PPT Pump Jack Scaffold Safety PowerPoint
MS-PPT Slips Trips Falls PowerPoint
MS-PPT Walking Working Surfaces 10 Hour
MS-PPT Workplace Fall Protection PowerPoint
MS-WORD Slip Trip Fall Safety Session
MS-WORD 2brief Slip
MS-WORD Accidents Slip Trip Talk
OnLine Fall Prevention
OnLine Fall Protection Tie Off


MS-WORD Poster Fall
MS-WORD Poster Ladder
Safety Comic Strip
MS-WORD Comic Archive Fall Protection Safety Comic Strip
MS-WORD Comic Archive Slips Trips Falls Safety Comic Strip
MS-WORD Falls Safety Comic Strip Spanish



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