There are a number of ways employers can protect workers from falls, including through the use of conventional means such as guardrail systems, safety net systems and personal fall protection systems, the adoption of safe work practices, and the provision of appropriate training.
The use of warning lines, designated areas, control zones and similar systems are permitted by OSHA in some situations and can provide protection by limiting the number of workers exposed.
Whether conducting a hazard assessment or developing a comprehensive fall protection plan, thinking about fall hazards before the work begins will help the employer to manage fall hazards and focus attention on prevention efforts. If personal fall protection systems are used, particular attention should be given to identifying attachment points and to ensuring that employees know how to properly use and inspect the equipment.
The following references aid in recognizing and evaluating fall protection hazards in the workplace.
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Source: United States Department of Labor, “How to Protect Workers from Falls,” http://www.osha.gov website. Accessed November 24, 2015. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection/evaluation.html
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