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5 Must Ask Fall Protection Questions

Workplace falls are one of the leading causes of occupational injuries and deaths nationwide.  A fall from as little as 4 feet can have devastating or even catastrophic consequences.  This post offers 5 “Must Ask” questions to help assess the health of your company’s fall protection program and benchmark compliance with key OSHA regulations, ANSI guidelines, and industry-accepted best practices.

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When Should I Replace My Lanyard?

We recently received an email about the useful service life for lanyards.  The client was confused because the service life for PPE isn’t clearly spelled out in the OSHA regulations or in ANSI standards.  So how long can you expect a lanyard to last, and when should you replace it?

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Self-Retracting Lifelines for Sharp Leading Edges

I-Beam-Sharp-EdgesWhat is the best fall arrest option for workers exposed to sharp, unprotected leading edges?   To explore this scenario, imagine a construction worker tied off using a traditional lanyard at foot level and installing steel decking.

If the worker falls, the webbed lanyard will run over a sharp, I-Beam with an edge radius ranging from .005″ to .032”. The I-beam may not appear sharp to the untrained eye, but looks are often deceiving.  If our hypothetical fall victim selects the wrong PPE, our accident scenario can lead to catastrophic results.

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Why You May Need A Fall Hazard Assessment

fall hazard assessment in progressEHS managers for large organizations are expected to possess an extensive knowledge base that covers a wide range of safety topics, but the limitations of time and training mean that some areas require expert, outside assistance.  Fall protection is case in point.  Whether or not the EHS manager understands all the complexities of OSHA’s fall protection requirements, most of these individuals oversee large facilities or production areas spread out over large geographic areas.  At the most basic level, the challenges facing these individuals—the thoughts that cause sleepless nights–are remarkably similar:  where are my fall hazards and what should the organization do to correct them?

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Did You Know?

A fall from an unprotected loading dock can cause serious injury or death?