The American Society of Safety Professionals created a new VR Fall Protection Experience app as a training tool for employees.
Fall protection was the most frequently cited OSHA violation in 2017, so the ASSP created this app that can help. The app uses virtual reality to teach users about working at height in compliance with the ANSI/ASSP Z359 Fall Protection and Fall Restraint standards.
The app has two parts. The first part has the user identify any fall hazards on the roof of a two-story building, such as a skylight or a piece of equipment placed near the roof’s edge.
“We wanted to try to find a good cross-section of hazards that would include elements of different environments that users might see when working at height,” said Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP, vice chair of the ANSI Z359 Accredited Standards Committee and fall protection subject matter expert for the app. “Based on people’s experiences, whether they be construction-focused or maintenance-focused, the app helps users be aware of hazards that may not be as apparent to them.”
After identifying all fall hazards, users build a fall protection system for a coworker to use while working on the rooftop. The user chooses and tests an anchor point, harness and lanyard to provide the safest level of fall protection. The experience has different results based on the choices made by the employee. Users can run through the scenario multiple times to make difference choices.
“The app demonstrates that fall protection PPE is a system that needs to be designed rather than just a pile of equipment that will keep you safe,” Kramer said. “It impresses upon the user the seriousness of these life and death decisions that they have to consider when using personal protective equipment for falls and allows them to fail safely.”
After following these two steps, the user’s performance is assessed based on how successful their attempt was.
I hope you had a great holiday yesterday. I just wanted to post something quickly about the Little Giant HyperLite SumoStance. It has been on the market for about a year, but it has become one of Little Giant’s more popular product lines due to how lightweight it is.
The HyperLite SumoStance comes in a lightweight Hi-Viz green rail. Strains and sprains from lifting and carrying heavy ladders are actually the number one cause of ladder-related injuries. The HyperLite/HyperLite SumoStance line of ladders are the lightest weight ladders in the world and are already preventing these common injuries.
Some of the most severe ladder-related incidents are caused by people who walk or drive into an extension ladder in use, and the visibility of the Hi-Viz green can help prevent these accidents. Hi-Viz green has been scientifically proven to be the most visible color in the world.
The outriggers on the HyperLite SumoStance increases side-tip stability, helping to prevent catastrophic side-tip accidents.
The HyperLite SumoStance has two bubble indicators. One to show you your extension ladder is set at the correct angle and one to show you that your ladder is level.
The feet on the HyperLite SumoStance can be used in either the flat or spike position, helping you work safely on different types of surfaces.
The HyperLite SumoStance also features three red Do Not Climb rungs at the top of the ladder. The red rungs act as a reminder that your ladder to extend three feet past the roof line.
The HyperLite SumoStance is a great option for anyone who uses an extension ladder. Its built-in safety features will help you work safely.
The top list of OSHA violations was released for 2017, and it has a few ladder-related violations on it. Here’s the list:
Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176
Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288
Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097
Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877
Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241
Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162
Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933
Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523
Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405
“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a Sept. 26 press release. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”
What is fall protection?
Fall protection is a system used to keep workers safe when working at height. Different industries have different fall protection guidelines. In fact, some industries require tying off when workers are just two feet off the ground. Fall protection is important and does help safe lives, when used correctly.
A Safe Option
Tying off and using fall protection is great, but it has it’s limitations which is one of the reasons there are so many fall protection violations. Another option to fall protection is using a Safety Cage. There are a few different models, depending on your needs. The Adjustable Safety Cage (the one pictured) has telescoping sides, allowing you to use it on stairs or other unlevel surfaces. The Compact Cage is also adjustable, but has a smaller footprint. The Safety Cage is a Fixed Cage for working at height on level surfaces. Each model of the Cage allows you to work safely in an enclosed platform, following all fall protection requirements without needing to tying off.
Fall protection is important, but is the number one OSHA violation, meaning a lot of people are at danger when working at height. The Cage line is a great option to help you and others work safely at height.
The New SumoStance’s intuitive safety features help ensure a safe, stable set-up for any job on almost any surface. It is perfect for homeowners, trade professionals, contractors, and anyone who needs to use an extension ladder safely.
We haven’t done a lot of products features on this site since the main focus is ladder safety and ladder safety training. In reality, an important part of ladder safety is having the right equipment. Today I’m going to talk about a ladder that had its debut last month at NSC. The ladder is the SafeFrame from Little Giant Ladder Systems.
The SafeFrame has an innovative design that helps combat known ladder safety issues.
No Top Rung
One of the most common ladder safety issues is people standing on the top cap and top rung. Since the top rung serves no structural purpose, the top rung on the SafeFrame was engineered out. Instead, the engineers made the last standing rung wider to make it more comfortable. They also added comfort grooves into the top cap to add stability around the knees.
Another common safety issue is not knowing where the last rung is. The SafeFrame has the Ground Cue, an audible signal when the operator has gone to the last step. You can also get the SafeFrame with Ratchet Levelers to help with unlevel ground.
Overall, the SafeFrame is the next step in ladder technology. This ladder addresses common safety concerns and provides a great solution to them. Here’s a video to show you more about this ladder.