What Are the Different Types of OSHA Violations
We often focus here on what you need to do to keep your employees safe and to ensure your company is compliant with the law, but at some point in time, some of you are going to be involved in an OSHA inspection and the outcome may not be as favorable as you’d like. In this post, we’re...
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...
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....
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...
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
The Hierarchy of Controls, Part Two: Engineering Controls
In the last article, we discussed the first level of control when it comes to protecting employees from recognized hazards: elimination or substitution. The concept, while possibly difficult to implement, was simple to understand. Unfortunately, this second step, engineering...
Construction Site Fall Protection Guide
For many years now, falls have been the leading cause of death on construction sites. From small, residential projects to large commercial structures, people continue to add to the fatal fall statistic – regardless of the focus placed on this epidemic. Sometimes this is the result of...
Fall Protection Tips for the Homeowner
Some of the safest people on the job do some of the most foolish things at home. It seems that safety takes on a whole new meaning when you’re at home because, well, nobody is making you pay attention to it. OSHA has no jurisdiction over what you do in – or on – your own...
Do I Need a Railing for My Roof Hatch?
Would you like to exit this roof hatch without a railing? This picture is not a fake. It was sent to us by one of our customers. It is a shame to say it, but sometimes safety is not the number one priority when a building is being designed and constructed. Whoever installed this roof hatch...
Ten Questions Every Construction Safety Professional Should Ask
Safety is a big issue on construction sites. The ways in which serious accidents can occur are countless, thanks to the nature of construction. Federal OSHA’s statistics show that of the roughly 4,600 fatal work-related accidents in the U.S. in 2011, the most recent year for which data...
When Do I Need a Vertical Lifeline?
When the conversation turns to fall protection, railings, skylight screens, horizontal lifelines, and mobile anchor points are often discussed , but what about vertical lifelines? We tend to not hear as much about this solution, yet there are many situations in which a vertical lifeline...
Use & Application of Warning Lines
The following safety huddle lists the OSHA standards that regulate and define the specifications for warning line systems in construction fall protection. Refer to 29 CFR 1926.502(f) for more details. Remember, workplace safety is everyeverybody's responsibility.
Definition: warning line...
Need a Fall Protection Anchor that Won't Penetrate the Roof?
Sometimes when working on older buildings or on buildings where the architects kindly left out the fall protection anchors, a non-penetrating anchor system is needed. Enter Kee Anchor. Kee Anchor is a non-penetrating dead weight fall protection anchor that uses weight and resistance to safety...
Are People Walking Around Blindfolded on Your Job Site?
Perhaps you decided to read this because you thought, "Of course not! Everyone knows that is a crazy dangerous, not to mention non-productive." However, studies show that walking and texting are pretty much akin to walking blindfolded.Isn’t this Just Common Sense?
Researchers at Stony...
How to Perform a Rooftop Safety Audit
Falls from height are still a primary killer when it comes to workplace fatalities. The rooftop is the most common area where general industry employees are exposed to a fall hazard. Roof access is not necessarily an everyday part of someone's job, so its easier to ignore the safety...