Falls are one of the most common causes of work-related injuries and fatalities, but fortunately, they are rather easy to prevent. It is the job of the employer to ensure the workplace and/or worksite is properly set up so that employees cannot fall from platforms, elevated work stations, or holes in flooring or walls.
What can employers do to reduce the number of falls in the workplace?
Fall protection must be provided at elevations of four feet or more in general industry workplaces, five feet or more in shipyards, and six feet or more in the construction industry. If employees are working above dangerous machinery, fall protection must be provided regardless of elevation. This protection includes:
- A guard rail and toe-board around any elevated area with open sides.
- A guard rail around any holes that a person could fall into.
- A guard rail around any area above dangerous equipment or machinery.
- Safety harness, safety nets, stair railing and hand rails — depending on the specific job.
- Keeping floors clean, clear and dry as possible.
- Providing protective equipment at no cost to workers.
- Training workers about potential hazards and ensuring everyone understands.
Workers have the right to working in an environment in which they feel safe, and it is your job as the employer to provide that to them. If you are unsure of your responsibilities and what is required of you by law under OSHA standards, check out their website here.
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Courtesy of OSHA