With the updates to the OSHA 1910 standard for fall protection, there is much more clarity on what is required. Employees or contractors engaged in temporary or infrequent work within 6' to 10' of an unprotected leading roof edge must have proper fall protection.
The time for fall protection is now and we here at KwikSafety wanted to leave you with a few tips to keep you and your team safe.
Conduct a thorough risk assessment: Identify potential fall hazards and assess the risks associated with each one. This will help you determine the appropriate safety measures to implement.
Use appropriate safety equipment: Choose the right safety equipment for the job, including harnesses, lanyards, and anchor points. Make sure the equipment is in good condition and regularly inspected.
Train employees on fall protection: Ensure all workers receive proper training on fall protection equipment, safety procedures, and emergency protocols.
Provide adequate supervision: Supervise workers who are working at heights to ensure they are following safety procedures and using the proper equipment.
Ensure proper ladder safety: Train workers on proper ladder safety, including how to inspect and use ladders safely.
Install guardrails and safety nets: Use guardrails and safety nets to prevent falls or to reduce the impact of a fall.
Conduct regular safety inspections: Inspect safety equipment and work areas regularly to ensure they are in good condition and free of hazards.
Implement a rescue plan: Develop a rescue plan in case of a fall to ensure workers receive prompt medical attention and rescue.
Communicate safety procedures: Communicate safety procedures and hazards to workers regularly to keep safety top-of-mind.
Continuously improve safety measures: Regularly review and update safety measures and procedures to ensure they are effective and up-to-date.
Finally always make certain safety systems are integrated responsibly, without causing damage, and that in the event of a fall, loads are distributed without compromising the integrity of the surrounding structure. Never risk life and limb!
***Make sure you have the proper safety equipment that suits your needs and don't forget to inspect all equipment before wear.***
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