How Do I Find the Appropriate OSHA Regulations for My Industry?
OSHA regulations can be tricky. There are regulations that apply to specific industries and others that apply to any type of workplace that meets certain criteria. Since the wording of some regulations is vague or imprecise, there are often interpretations of the regulations and exceptions to...
Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives "On the Job"
For memorial day our family is headed to San Francisco to take in the sights. I was doing some research and came across this movie produced by Bethlehem Steel, one of the primary contractors for the Golden Gate Bridge. The movie itself is facinating, but I've embedded it at 20 min. 35 sec....
Importance of a Rescue Section in Your Fall Protection Plan
One of the most overlooked areas of a fall protection plan is the rescue section. For many professionals, this is due to heavy emphasis put on protection and prevention rather than rescue and retrieval.
From a young age we learn that 911 is THE ANSWER when any accident happens. In fall...
Why Don't People Wear Fall Protection?
There are many reasons why people should wear fall protection, yet countless workers still avoid wearing fall safety equipment. These same workers will blame the employer or the equipment and always look for every reason or excuse for not wearing it. The fact of the matter is that this
Are You Using Personal Fall Protection Properly?
Nothing could be worse in safety than a false sense of security. Somebody who believes they are protected by a certain piece of equipment might take more chances – even unknowingly – than they would if they believed they had no protection at all. Yet, we see it every day: an unsecure...
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:...
How Much Weight Can My Safety Harness Support?
Not all safety harnesses are created equal.
It is easy to think that because a harness has ANSI stamped on it that is will be safe and compliant with OSHA. That is not necessarily the case. So, how do we assure that the harness we purchase or currently is designed to hold my weight and...
5 Things You Need to Know About Fall Rescue and Retrieval
One of the most neglected aspects of Fall Protection is the rescue and retrieval plan. Sure, you've selected your harnesses and lanyards, debated the feasibility of railings, and calculated your fall distance, but what do you intend to do once the worker has fallen? While the worker is...
Guidelines for Creating a Work at Height Safety Policy
If your company requires employees to work above 4’ in general industry and above 6’ in construction, it is important that you have a policy in place for working at heights. While 4’ and 6’ might not seem all that high, people have died or suffered serious injuries when falling from these...
Three Components of a Personal Fall Arrest System - Part 1: Anchors
Falling while working at height represents the number one cause of death in the construction industry and the number two cause in general industry.
Experience has shown us that people seem to be making the same fundamental mistakes while managing work at height.
The objective of this series...
Skylights: An Often Overlooked Fall Hazard
If somebody was walking on a construction site and saw a large hole in the roof with nothing around it, they would immediately recognize this as unsafe. It is an opening that leads you to a 30’ drop onto a hard surface.
Skylights are less obvious. Where the drop still exists, there...
8 Mobile Anchor Points To Use When Working at Height
Falls remain the number one killer in Construction. Try as we might, we seem to have difficulty changing that fact. The overwhelming majority of fall fatalities occur because the worker was either not provided with proper fall protection, was not trained in its use, or chose not to use it...
How to CORRECTLY Calculate Fall Clearance
Whether it’s working from a boom lift, walking steel, standing on an elevated order picker, or any of the myriad other reasons you may be working at heights, “tying off” will do you no good if your personal fall arrest system allows you to strike the lower level before it stops your fall. ...
Three Dangerous Attitudes that Lead to Fatal Falls
Despite efforts to reduce falls, they still remain the number one killer in construction. They also account for approximately 12% of fatal occupational injuries across all industries (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.t01.htm). We educate, inspect, and discipline, yet falls continue to...
Should Safety Be Incentivized?
This is the million dollar question, isn’t it? For years, many of us in the industry watched as prizes were awarded to workers based on safety performance. Sometimes this meant a group lunch or a t-shirt, but other times it was something as big as a truck or boat being given away. This...
Three Warning Signs a Fall is About to Occur
"It was just a freak accident."
"There was no way we could have seen that coming!
If you haven’t heard something like this, spend a little time doing incident investigation in an occupational setting. Trust me, it won’t take long. Statements like these perpetuate the belief that accidents...
How to Keep Your Job as a Safety Professional
It seems in life sometimes that getting a job is all about who you know, but regardless of whether or not that is actually the case, once you have a job, there is no doubt that keeping it depends on what you know. In only the rarest of situations is an employer going to continue to pay...
Seven Ways to Save on Safety
In this economic climate, saving money is of utmost importance. However, when it comes to safetyHow do you economize without sacrificing your employee's wellbeing? How can you develop and maintain a great culture of safety while still focusing on the bottom line?
This is a tightrope...
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...
Three Safety Cultures – Which One Are You In?
Whenever I deliver a training class to a group of workers for whom I’m also serving as a safety consultant, I explain that there are two things I need to do: 1) Keep them safe and 2) Keep the company compliant.
In that order.
The trick is that if I’m achieving the first one, I am almost...
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...
Best Apps for the Safety Professional
So, everybody's got a smartphone or a tablet, right? If not, what are you waiting for? That little communication device sitting in your hand is no longer just for talking. Gone are the days when you could say the best thing about your phone is that it is rugged enough for your job or it...
How to Spot Risk and Stay Alive
A safety professional may read the title of this article and feel it’s child’s play. How could somebody not know how to look for risk? That same safety professional may even be tempted to use a phrase that I cannot stand: common sense. I once heard a speaker explain that common...
Safety in the Construction Industry [Infographic]
OSHA's fall protection stand down is just around the corner. Here is a helpful resource that shows how important it is to use proper fall protection in the construction industry. Once again falls is the top killer on the construction site.
Infographic by Viewpoint