It has long been lamented by those trying to rein in employers with poor safety performance, that OSHA has not had the teeth to enforce regulations the way they need to be enforced.
There are some things you can hand to somebody with no instructions and they’ll know how to use them: a pair of boots, a pair of gloves, safety glasses. A fall protection harness is not one of these things.
We spend a good deal of time discussing equipment in this blog, from fall protection to work platforms to scaffolding and lifts. In the end, it’s often our behavior at work that contributes to incidents, not the equipment.
People tend to interpret regulations and laws in whatever way suits them best. Speed limits, for instance, are treated as a bare minimum while safety regulations are treated like a goal to attain – a maximum level of performance. In both cases, the opposite is actually true.
Let’s be honest, the best way to build safety railing like a professional is to be a professional, but that’s not always possible. However, somebody who is skilled enough to build a good rail doesn’t necessarily need to be a professional carpenter.
Personal fall arrest systems are often thought to have three parts: a harness, a lanyard, and an anchor point. In reality, there is a 4th part – one that isn’t always utilized, but is always necessary – a fall rescue plan.
Inspections are required of every piece of equipment, but often overlooked in the rush to get to work. If your personnel are not properly trained and monitored, there is no telling what condition the equipment making it out in to the field is in.
When the conversation turns to fall protection, railings, skylight screens, horizontal lifelines, and mobile anchor points are often discussed, but what about vertical lifelines?
Self-retracting lifelines (SRL's) used to be frowned upon by workers, but technology has changed. SRL's have become much easier to use. Read how to properly use and maintain a self-retracting lifeline.
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