Falls are some of the most dominant sources of accidents in the workplace that can result in either death or permanent incapacitation. When the job environment requires employees to work from raised positions, the employer is required to put in place mitigating measures to guard against the accidental falling of workers. If the work position is raised to above five feet ,then it is advisable to get some form of fall protection to arrest the mechanism implemented in the failing system.
Fall protection is also required when someone is working above dangerous equipment regardless of the height above it. Employers are required to also provide guard rails on the sides of any elevated open platform to protect their workers against accidentally falling over. Manhole covers or guardrails should be used for all open floor holes that the employees can inadvertently fall into. Employers can as well use handrails, staircases or safety nets to safeguard against unharnessed falling to open space.
The working spaces should also be neat and presentable as well as dry to avoid accidental slipping and falling. Any known dangers that an employee can be prone to should also be adequately guarded against. If there is a need for the workers to utilize a specific kind of equipment in order to guard against accidental falls, the company should be in a position to provide such gear without passing the cost to the workers.
Training of the workers on safety measures and how to use the safety equipment is also imperative. Any potential falling dangers should be made known to the employees so that they can exercise the relevant caution when working within the locale of such dangers. The anchorages that are used with rope descent systems should also be regularly inspected to ensure that they are in proper working condition. All ladders with a height of over 24 feet should be fitted with a cage to act as a safeguard against falling.
Specific fall protection requirements apply to several different industries and employers are required to invest in fall mitigation measures that are related to their industry. For those who are in the construction industry, any leading edges that are at least 6 feet above the ground should be protected with guard rails. Workers that are working on roofs need to be protected against falling by the use of guardrails, harnesses and safety nets. The material that is used in the construction of the fall protection system should be strong enough to comfortably handle the weight of the person plus an allowance for any other weight-adding equipment that they could be having with them.