Work-related injuries are still a huge problem despite today’s technological advancements and all the high-end safety equipment available. The Bureau of Labour Statistics issued a national census showing an 8.9% increase in fatal occupational injuries in the workplace in 2021, compared to 2020.
Falls are one of the most prevalent causes of this type of injury, leading to severe ailments, days away from work, and even death. For this reason, a good fall protection plan is essential for any workplace that has a high risk of falling, slipping, or tripping.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deems fall protection an essential part of any workplace that exposes its workers to dangerous heights or other conditions where a fall would be fatal, such as working over heavy machinery or other hazardous materials.
Fall protection entails any effort on the employer's part to protect its workers from potential dangers and injuries due to work-related falls, slips, or trips.
Fall protection is essential for all parties involved. A well-prepared plan for fall protection will ensure the employee's safety in the workplace and shield the employer from liability, contributing to the success of the business.
Creating a safe work environment is also required by law, so any company that ignores its employees’ safety can face legal consequences.
Different job sites require diverse methods of fall prevention, the most common ones using personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, or guardrail systems. Any equipment a business decides to use will generally fall under one of the four fall protection methods.
It's important to stress that fall protection plans are necessary for all businesses that expose their workers to dangerous heights or otherwise dangerous work conditions. Some of the occupations that fit these criteria are:
Regardless of your line of work, if there is even a remote possibility of injury in the workplace due to falling, you should consider implementing a fall protection plan. Securing the proper equipment will help you and your employees stay safe.
Southeast Rigging Inc. offers the best equipment for fall protection. Choose from various shock-absorbing lanyards, anchors, and full-body harnesses to create the ultimate fall prevention or protection system tailored to your job. Contact us online for any inquiries or call our offices in Jacksonville, Orlando, or Tempa to make your purchase.