Fall Protection in Construction

Course Description:

This online safety training course will teach employees how to recognize fall safety hazards and identify when fall protection is needed, use basic fall protection systems, prevent objects from falling, inspect personal fall arrest systems, and rescue themselves and others from falls.

Course Duration: 30 minutes

Why “Fall Protection in Construction” Matters:

  • Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.
  • About 700 workers in all U.S. industries are killed by falls each year.
  • About 100,000 construction workers are injured by falls each year.
  • And 40% of construction industry injuries are related to falls.
  • Fall protection regulation is the responsibility of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Sections 1926.500 to 1926.503
  • Employees must be trained to recognize fall hazards and to follow training
    procedures to minimize fall hazards.

Key Points:

  • Learn to recognize all of the potential fall hazards in your work area, such as working near an unprotected edge.
  • Always remember to use and operate fall protection systems, such as fall restraints and fall arrest systems. These may include guardrails, warning lines, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, safety nets, hole covers, and personal fall arrest systems with harnesses, lanyards, and lifelines.
  • Implement safe work practices, such as keeping your work area clean and free from potential falling objects.
  • Inspect your fall protection systems before each use. Make sure they are safe and will provide the protection you need.
  • Protect others from falling objects by keeping your work area clean, and keeping tools and equipment away from unprotected edges and openings.
  • Be prepared to rescue and assist yourself and others in case of a fall.

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