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What are the different types of fall protection equipment?

Jason from Progressive Safety Equipment reached out to me a couple of weeks ago and invited me to share this infographic with you. 

 

For more safety tips, make sure to visit Jason’s safety site, http://blog.progressivemy.com.

New, Virtual Reality Fall Protection App

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.

For more information, visit the ASSP website.

NSC Ladder Safety Tips

The NSC website has a great article with ladder safety tips.  I’ll share some of those great tips with you here.

Use the Right Ladder for the Job

Using the wrong ladder can be dangerous. Always choose the right size and style for your job at hand.

Work on Solid Ground

Always put the base of your ladder on a solid, firm surface. You also should avoid slippery, wet or soft surfaces. Also, never stack your ladder on boxes or other equipment to make your ladder taller.

Climb Carefully

Always remember to be careful and safe when climbing your ladder. Here are a couple of tips from the NSC:

  • Face the ladder and always grip the rungs
  • Always keep three points of contact with the ladder
  • Never get off a ladder from the side
  • Make sure extension ladders extend 3 feet above the roof or platform
  • Reposition the ladder instead of overreaching
  • Use a tool belt if you have tools to use on the ladder
  • Choose slip-resistant shoes

For more safety tips, visit U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or the American Ladder Institute.

True Ladder Story

In Greenville, South Carolina, a construction worker fell from his ladder and later died from his injuries. He had been working on a single-family residential construction site  when he fell off the ladder to the ground. He passed away less than two hours after the fall. At the time of the article, the county was doing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The construction industry has a problem with its number of ladder-related accidents. It is so high, in fact, that the CDC has designed an entire health and safety campaign to stop falls on construction sites. The website for the campaign was stopconstructionfalls.com.

We don’t know the reason this man fell from his ladder, but the possibilities are close to endless. Did he overreach? Was the ladder slippery? Was he facing the wrong way? Did he fail to use three points of contact? We will never know the answer, but we can use his story as a reminder to be safe when we climb our own ladders.

Our hearts go out to this man’s family and hope they can find peace during this challenging time.

Another Ladder Accident

A UK man sufferred horrible injuries in a ladder accident. He was airlifted to the hospital with two nails still in his head. The young man was doing construction work when he slipped from his ladder. In the process, he accidentally discharged the nail gun he was using, which shot two  nails into his head.

This accident reminds us to be both safe and careful, especially when using power tools.

To prevent slipping while on a ladder, here are a few tips:

  1. Use slip-resistant shoes
  2. Clean any slippery or sticky substances from your ladder
  3. Use the ladder on dry, firm ground
  4. Avoid using your ladder when it is snowy or rainy

We don’t know how the man’s recovery went, but we do know this is a horrible accident. Be safe on your ladder today and every day to prevent a ladder accident like this from happening to you.

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