Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

November 19, 2012

 
A worker stands on balcony railing to make an overhead repair

What is a fall hazard?

A fall hazard is a workplace hazard that could cause a worker's loss of balance or physical support. Examples: ... Read more ...

Temporary railing around fall hazard

When do workers need to be protected from fall hazards?

Generally, workers must be protected from falls to a lower level of 10 feet or more. What are the exceptions? Employees must be protected from falls of six feet or more if they're exposed to the following: ... Read more ...

Worker painting gutters using fall arrest system on scaffold

Factors to consider in evaluating fall hazards

 

Access: Determine how ...
Job-specific hazards: Identify ...
Hazards on walking/working surfaces: Identify ... ... Read more ...

anchorage for personal fall-arrest system

The importance of planning

Planning is the first, and perhaps the most important, step in protecting workers from falls.

Before you begin a project, think about hazards your employees will encounter and what you can do to keep them safe. You're more likely to use fall-protection methods that enhance the work rather than interfere with it when you identify fall hazards during the planning stage. ... Read more ...

demonstraiting fall protection methods

Training and supervision

Workers who could be exposed to fall hazards must be able to identify the hazards and know procedures that prevent or control them. ... Read more ...

practice rescue from fall with personal fall-arrest system

Dealing with emergencies

What do you do if a worker falls and is suspended in a personal fall-arrest system? You must provide for a prompt rescue.
Prompt means ... Read more ...

 

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