Manufacturers have made great strides in occupational safety technology. In fact, for almost every situation there is a solution. Roof anchors are a perfect example. Obviously, one roof can be very different from the next, so an anchor point used on one can be completely useless on another. The fact that temporary and/or mobile anchor points exist is great, but it is more important that in addition to using them, you ensure that you are using the correct one.
Regardless of how much effort OSHA, the EHS industry and employers put into fall prevention, falls continue to occur. In a perfect world, all efforts to prevent falls would be 100% successful, but it’s not a perfect world. Failure to take measures to reduce the impact of an actual fall is like refusing to learn CPR because we teach our employees to eat well and exercise. Sometimes, employee behavior, unexpected conditions, or even forces of nature can derail what was believed to be a “fool-proof” prevention plan.
There are many different types of railings on the market, not to mention the 2x4 or wire rope job-built railings you find on many construction sites. The quick and simple answer to “What height must a railing be in order to be compliant?” would be 42”, but, as with many other things in the world of governmental compliance, there are some nuances to that answer.
Have you ever stood on a roof of a commercial building or near the perimeter of a building under construction, looked at the railings, and wondered, “I know the railings are keeping me safe, but how did they get there?” I mean, at some point, some worker had to be risking his or her life to put up the rails that would protect your life, right?
It’s no secret in the world of Safety that falls are one of the major causes of fatal injuries in the workplace and the number one killer in construction. A fact that flies a little more under the radar is that in the past decade 43% of all fall fatalities have involved a ladder. Yet, tell an employee you’re going to train them on how to use a ladder and you’ll most likely be subject to looks of incredulity.
When a company doesn’t plan ahead or take the time to do a job hazard analysis, unsafe work conditions can sneak up on them. This lack of diligence means that employers often reach for the “quick and easy” solution. That solution is usually PPE. While Personal Protective Equipment is very useful in mitigating hazards to your employees, it should never be the first choice
An employer needs to ensure that the course gives its employees the necessary knowledge to work safely and helps the company be compliant with training requirements. It’s critical for employers to understand why they’re selecting a course and, if a 10 or 30 hour fulfills their needs, and what the difference is between the two classes. The difference is more than just saying there’s 20 more hours in a 30 hour course.
A business with a Safety First mindset is going to perform a hazard assessment in every area of their business, and the rooftop is no exception. This article contains the primary areas to consider when auditing the safety of a rooftop. Of course, every roof has its own nuances, but these are the principal areas that will help to ensure people are kept safe when accessing the roof.
Safety Railings are the best form of fall protection. Once safety railing is in place, nobody needs to think about using them, they’re just there. Yes, they need to be maintained in good condition, but workers don’t need to remember to put them on, adjust them properly, worry about fall distance or anchorage point strength.
By now, you could probably wallpaper half your office with all the training postcards and fliers you receive in the mail. Your SPAM folder in your email is probably filled with them, too. How do you sort through all of this to find quality courses for your employees? My advice? Don’t. Let’s face it, the Yellow Pages method of finding a supplier has its place, but not for health and safety. Are we doing our employees any justice by getting them a training course from ABC Training simply because they came before XYZ Training in the book? Health and Safety is too important an issue to leave to chance, which is why I believe that the best way to go is through personal recommendation.