If you manage a business, you know that investing in quality fall protection equipment is one of the smartest moves you can make. Fall protection equipment, and fall protection anchors and retractable lanyards in specific, can make a world of difference in the safety of your employees.
What exactly is fall protection equipment?
Fall protection is exactly what it sounds like – a variety of equipment that helps protect people from falls on the job. This equipment must meet regulation standards, as it is designed to prevent serious injury or even death on the job (mostly in professions that work high above the ground – like window washers or people who work on roofs). There are two types of fall protection equipment – passive and active. Passive systems, like guardrails, prevent workers from falling. Active systems, like retractable lanyards, stop a person from falling further (ie – catching them in mid-air). Passive systems are generally preferred.
Why do I need fall protection equipment?
According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), “there is no safe distance from an unprotected side or edge.” This can often be a point of contention as many industries have their own standards and regulations. While the General Industry portion requires protection at just 4 feet off the ground, the Construction Industry requires it at 6 feet. The International Building Code requires fall protection equipment at just 30 inches. If you choose to not use fall protection equipment at a lower height and an employee or private contractor falls and hurts themselves or dies, you will … Read the rest.....