Are Chains Allowed for Fall Protection on Ladderways?
With the update to OSHA's Walking/Working Surface rule last year, there has been a focus on the change in requirements for the use of ladder cages versus ladder safety devices. While this is important to understand, there was another significant change that did not receive as much attention....
When is a Warning Line Sufficient Fall Protection?
Update: This post was updated in June of 2018 to align with the new Walking-Working Surface Rules posted by OSHA.
Warning line has received a bad reputation over time. Should it have? Maybe. Warning line is the equivalent of someone saying, "Hey, don’t go over there!" When I think of...
Beginner’s Guide: Maximum Arresting Force
Maximum Arresting Force (or M.A.F.) is a term you will hear frequently used in association with fall protection, so it’s better to understand the term before you encounter it (if you’ve already encountered it, better late than never!). In simple terms, M.A.F. is exactly what it sounds like:...
Beginner’s Guide: How to Safely Use a Stepladder
Because stepladders are such a common tool, even in the home, it is often taken for granted that employees know how to properly use them. This is a dangerous assumption. Most people don’t thoroughly inspect their ladders at home and many wouldn’t know what to look for if they did. Many...
When Can OSHA Shut Down My Jobsite?
You’ve heard all the horror stories, right? OSHA comes into a factory or onto a construction site and things are such a mess they immediately shutdown all operations. Work stops. That steel beam being lifted into place by that crane? Leave it hanging. Those trucks full of concrete? ...
Anchor Points vs. Horizontal Lifelines: When Should I Use Them?
Anchor points and horizontal lifelines are two ways to achieve the same purpose: protecting your employees from a fall. Each method has its pros and cons, as well as appropriate and inappropriate times for use. Perhaps, though, the most important question to ask is:...
Five Ways to Hurt Yourself in a Harness
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. To the untrained eye, a harness is just a jumble of straps and buckles with no...
How Do I Get Over My Fear of Falling
Fear of falling is natural. Once believed to occur only as a result of a traumatic experience, it has more recently become considered a condition you are born with. Most people fear falling because – well – gravity. We can’t fly. We don’t bounce. We fall, we land – sometimes...
How Does a Safety Harness Work?
I recently wrote an article detailing how to ensure you are using your fall protection equipment properly. If you are the inquisitive type, it may have left you asking the question, “How, exactly, does a safety harness work?” In reality, there is a fairly simple answer to this question:...
Active vs. Passive Fall Protection Systems
Updated on September 5, 2018 by Josh Borowiec
Anytime you are tasked to keep someone safe from falling, one decision must be made first. Do I select a Passive System or Active System?
Understanding the difference between passive and active fall protection is a great place to start....
Roof Anchors: Which One Should I Use?
Years ago, there was little choice of which type of fall protection you could use because there just wasn’t much variety available. More recently, though, manufacturers have made great strides in occupational safety technology. In fact, for almost every situation there is a...
How to Eliminate a Fall Hazard
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 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)....
Swing Fall Hazards and How to Prevent Them
Swing falls are not as fun as they might sound at first. In fact, in all seriousness, swing falls can be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, many people, when working at heights, fail to take swing into consideration. So, just what is swing?
Swing is what occurs when...
Three Components of a Personal Fall Arrest System - Part 3: Connectors
This is the last and final article in a series that covers that basics of personal fall protection. First we took a look at anchor points, secondly we reviewed body harnesses, and now in this last article we look at the devices that connect the anchor and the harness.Third Component...
The Hierarchy of Controls, Part Three: Administrative Controls
In the first two articles on the Hierarchy of Controls, we discussed controls that were intended to mitigate hazards at their source either through elimination, substitution, or an engineering solution that made it so the employee was no longer exposed. With administrative controls, we...
When does my facility need to be ADA compliant?
According to the ADA Code of Federal Regulations, anytime your facility falls under one of two categories, ADA compliance is necessary. These categories are as follows:Places of public accommodation (business that have store fronts, restaurants, hotels, public buildings and...
Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Safety Month [Humor]
There is little doubt that safety is serious business. We hope this list will help you get a few laughs and think seriously about fixing some of the hazards that jeopardize the lives of the people you work with.Get a Suntan While you’re up on the roof lounging in the sun don’t forget...
Inspecting and Maintaining your Horizontal Lifeline
Things go wrong. Equipment fails. Accidents happen. When discussing the inevitability of injuries in the workplace, these are reasons you will hear to argue against the belief that all incidents are preventable. While a manufacturing defect could occur without forewarning, the vast...
Meeting Your Requirements For Roof Railing
Updated on December 3, 2019
When selecting a rooftop railing, you will be burdened with several non-negotiable requirements. Fortunately, KeeGuard non-penetrating roof railing offers many features that cover all concerns.Railing Cannot Penetrate The Roof
A roof’s purpose is to keep the...
Industrial Ergonomics: What is it and Why should I Be Concerned?
Industrial Ergonomics: What Is It and Why Should I Be Concerned?
Ergonomics is defined as the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment, but in the world of health and safety, it tends to denote fitting a job or a task to a person. This is done for many reasons: comfort,...
Do I Need a Safety Gate?
Take a look around the neighborhood you live in. How many fences do you see? Probably quite a few, right? And, where you see fences, how many have no gates? I would venture to guess that the answer is “very few if any.” That’s because a fence is put up for a reason: to keep...
How and Why to Cap Your RebarWhy to Cover your Rebar
As if falling were not enough, falling onto exposed rebar can turn a survivable fall into a disaster. Rebar caps protect the falling worker from impaling themselves on the concrete rebar the is protruding during the construction process.How to Cover Rebar
4 Things You Need To Know About the New OSHA RegulationsThe end of last year marked a significant update to the OSHA Fall Protection Regulations. With this new update, OSHA produced a 513-page document as a final rule on Working-Walking Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment. Knowing that reading this regulation would be a feat of its own, we did...