Learning The “Secrets” of Safety

Learning The “Secrets” of Safety

Following the Hierarchy of Fall Protection to Avoid Fall Protection Misuse

The Hierarchy of Fall Protection is the accepted order of control to remove or minimize fall hazards. This technique depicts usual safety practices for hazard reduction, from elimination to administrative controls. Employing the data obtained from the fall hazard assessments, solutions within the hierarchy can be used on the hazards.

1. Hazard Elimination

The favored solution to any fall hazard is elimination. The reason behind exposure to the fall hazard is tested to establish if changing the procedure, practice, location or equipment will block exposure to the fall hazard. Specifying HVAC (Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning) equipment be placed in a room or on the ground instead of the edge of the roof, is an illustration of hazard elimination.

2. Passive Fall Protection

Physical barriers, such as guardrails and covers over holes, constitute passive fall protection. Passive protection is mainly used to offer a greater level of safety, considering the chance for error is lower than with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The upfront costs of passive protection, though likely high, are typically more justified than long-term PPE costs. But passive protection may not be ensured with limited fall hazard exposure frequency and length of exposure. A comprehensive hazard assessment delivers the information necessary to make such types of decisions to enhance cost-effectiveness.

3. Fall Restraint Systems

Fall restraint systems are set up to prevent falls from occurring. Fall restraint systems rely on PPE to control the worker’s range of movement to keep them from physically moving towards the fall hazard. While fall restraint systems are typically underutilized as they are not mentioned in particular in a lot of regulations, they remain preferred over fall arrest systems. Free fall distance is not a concern for fall restraint systems, thereby practically eliminating arresting forces, secondary injuries, clearance requirements and the like.

4.Fall Arrest Systems

Fall restraint systems are set up so that falls are allowed by will be arrested within safe force and clearance limits. Fall arrest systems have more risks that come with them, because the falling worker must be stopped within an acceptable degree of force and prevented from getting in contact with the surrounding structure or with the ground. Proper training for both fall restraint and fall arrest systems is crucial.

5. Administrative Controls

Administrative controls are preventive steps taken to lower the possibility of a fall. These include but are not limited to safety monitors, warning horns and control lines. Also, it has to be noted that OSHA regulates the use of multiple administrative controls, and it is the job of the fall protection program administrator to know the jurisdictions and regulations that are applicable.

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