Category Archives: Fall Protection

Construction Takes a Stand to Prevent Falls – May 2-6, 2016

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OSHA and other federal safety agencies have designated May 2-6, 2016, for the third annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. The event is a nationwide initiative to support construction industry employers and workers in their efforts to overcome the serious dangers of falls at their jobsites. What is a Stand-Down? In a construction setting, the term “safety stand-down” is a voluntary event in which the entire site focuses on a particular safety issue - in this Read more [...]

Stop the Drop – The Danger of Falling Objects

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Safety when working at heights goes beyond standard fall protection. Tools and equipment must also be secured to prevent dangerous "stuck-by" accidents. For example, an 8-lb. tool falling from just 100 feet strikes the earth with over 2,000 lbs. of force per square inch. Hard hats and drop zones will offer little when an object carrying this kind of energy makes a direct impact or even deflects and travels parallel to the ground. Falling object hazards are one of the most deadly hazards Read more [...]

Climbing Safety from the 70s with Fred Dibnah

Over in the UK during the 70s there was a guy called Fred Dibnah – a steeplejack by trade who had a thing for steam engines as well as an old Victorian way of demolishing old mill chimneys. The north of England was the spine of the Industrial Revolution that fueled the Empire -the predominant industry being cotton. Fred was a no nonsense type of guy who’d strap a load of ladder together with rope to clamber up a 300+ ft chimney prior to setting fire to the bottom where he’d placed wooden Read more [...]

Fall Protection Basics

Written on Thursday, May 21, 2009 Each year, falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, and are always a major concern in other industries. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has specific regulations for employers whose workers are in danger of injury from falls on the jobsite. When a worker is exposed to a potential fall of 6 feet or greater, the employer must select either a guardrail system, safety net system, or personal Read more [...]