Falls: General Protection and Awareness

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Falls are the leading cause of injuries at work sites. Falls can occur from ladders, scaffolding, vehicles, heavy equipment, aerial lifts, openings, platforms and roofs.

g-rail-mobile-railing-setupFall Protection

  • Guardrails are required on work surfaces when workers are exposed to falls over six feet.
  • Guardrail must be 42 inches high. A mid-rail is required.
  • The fall protection training program must cover the recognition of potential fall hazards at the workplace for the employee.
  • Body harnesses with lanyards and secure attachment points are used when guard rails cannot be provided.