Fall Protection and Safety

In fact, falls are considered the biggest safety hazard for construction workers on most sites, particularly those that require work on extremely elevated heights, such as bridge construction. Falls from high places are the number one cause of death in construction workers on construction sites.

Construction safety related to fall protection includes an evaluation of the correct methods of access to the heights where the work needs to be done, safety precautions being put in place and followed at all times, and regularly clearing the construction work area of ​​all debris.

Clearing debris and equipment is actually a critical part of fall protection and fall prevention. A large amount of fall accidents occur because of excess debris and too much equipment that's lying around. By simply putting things where they belong and keeping the main construction work area free of extra "stuff," you can reduce a great deal of accidents that occur from falling and tripping. As an added bonus, the after-work cleanup will be a lot easier and quicker if you "clean and clear" as you go.

In addition, it's important that construction workers not become too overly confident or even cocky while on the job, thinking construction safety is "below" them or they do not need the hassle of protective equipment and gear when venturing out onto high places "for just a minute. " However, a lot can happen in a minute, and this is actually when many fall accidents do happen, and without any fall protection, particularly safety harnesses, injuries can be far worse and even fatal. Appropriate and sufficient protective equipment should be worn at all times while on the job. Taking the time to harness up before going out on the edge for a minute or two could save your life.

In order to ensure your fall protection equipment, such as safety harnesses, is safe and secure, retains its quality, and is operating to its maximum potential, it's important to follow a few storage and maintenance guidelines:

Put such construction safety equipment where it belongs to prevent damage (for example, hang up harnesses; do not throw them on the floor). Store them away from heat and chemicals. Check them every day for dirt / debris buildup and damage. Remove dirt buildup with mild soap and a little warm water; hang dry. Remove damaged equipment from the premises – damaged goods should never be used as a "second best" option. Equipment that has been exposed to a fall must also be removed from the site and future service right away.

Anchorage points on the construction site should be regularly inspected as well for regular approval, weakening, excessive wear and tear, sharp edges, and cracks or tears. Scaffolds, ladders, guardrails, light fixtures, plumbing, rebar, and roof stacks should never be used as anchorage points.

By implementing fall protection and working toward fall prevention, overall onsite construction safety can be greatly enhanced.