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

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 Slip Trip And Fall Prevention Supervisor Safety Checklist   Download  MS-WORD
 Floor Grating Removal Permit Form   Download  MS-WORD
 Floor Grating Removal Procedure Form   Download  MS-WORD
 Check Out These Swimming Safety Tips   Download  MS-WORD
 Exits And Walkways Inspection General Form   Download  MS-WORD
 Safety tips for your home swimming pool   Download  MS-WORD

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


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



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