Fall Safety is More Than Just Safety Rails

7th Mar 2016

Falls are one of the most common causes of injuries and even death in work-related situations. As an employer, you need to do everything you can to help prevent falls at your workplace. This is more than just employing safety rails so employees don't fall from the roof, fall safety also applies to situations involving platforms, ladders and holes you may have in the floors and walls.

As an employer, it is critical that you set up fall protection in any location where a fall may occur. As you may not already know, OSHA requires fall protection be provided when any employee will be at four feet in elevation in general industry places of work, five feet in shipyards and six feet in the construction industry. OSHA also requires that fall protection needs to be provided when employees are working over machinery or other dangerous equipment, regardless the distance they may fall.

In order to better prevent an accidental fall, you need to:

  • Use a railing and toe-board to guard a hole in the floor that a worker could fall into or have the hole properly covered up so a fall cannot occur.
  • A guard rail and toe-board needs to be around every open side of a floor, platform or runway.
  • If a worker risks falling into machinery or other dangerous equipment, no matter what the height, guard rails must be provided to prevent accidental falls and injuries.
  • With certain jobs, other means of fall safety needs to be implemented. These can include safety lines and harnesses, safety nets and hand rails.

If you have any questions concerning fall safety, give us a call and we can help.

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