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Category Archives: Fall Protection

Toeboards & OSHA Requirements: When to Use Them

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What is a toe board: What is it used for? A toe board is the most basic element of roof safety in use today. It is a horizontal piece of wood or metal (typically the size of a 2 x4) that is run horizontally near roof edges. The purpose of toeboards is to prevent falling […]

Providing Fall Protection for Roof Hatches

Roof hatches provide roof access for workers and for equipment.  While work is done on the roof, a roof hatch is often left open to move freely to and from the roof and to prevent workers from being locked onto the roof.  When a hatch is left open, there is a potential fall hazard to […]

Fall Protection Rules: Basic Things You Need to Know

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Falls are the most common causes of work injuries and deaths.  In calendar year 2016 about 38.7% of worker fatalities in construction were due to falls.  Source.  Being proactive by implementing compliant methods of fall protection and fall prevention can save lives and prevent injuries.  Consequently, it is important to be aware of basic fall […]

Safety Gate Fall Protection Applications

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According to OSHA, a common cause of industry injuries and fatalities is falls.  Because falls are a common cause of injury and death, providing fall protection is important.  One consideration for OSHA compliant fall protection is the use of safety gate fall protection. Fall protection safety gates are useful in minimizing fall risks and preventing […]

OSHA Fixed Ladder Requirements

New OSHA Fall Protection Rule regulations went into effect on January 17, 2017.  Some provisions for fixed ladders over 24 feet have delayed effective dates.    Here are three OSHA fixed ladder requirements for fixed ladder safety with delayed effective dates (source): (source): Installing of personal fall arrest systems or ladder safety systems on all […]

OSHA Proposed Changes for Safety of Construction Sites

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OSHA Rule Proposal In a recent May 2018 Trade Release, OSHA changes were made to increase construction site safety. Proposed OSHA changes include crane operator certification clarity and reinstating employer responsibility in ensuring crane operator qualifications to increase safety in operating equipment. Fall Hazard for Workers in Construction In calendar year 2016 according to OSHA, […]

Slips, Trips or Falls in the Construction Industry

Fatal Occupational Injuries In December of 2017, the United States Department of Labor released the most recent census.  This provided data by industry – encompassing the entire United States. Within the Construction industry, there were a total of 987 fatal injuries in 2016.  Out of this total, the majority of deaths were due to falls, […]

Illinois Fall Protection Citation Results in High Penalties for Employers when Exposing Workers to Falls

Illinois Fall Protection Citation Results in High Penalties for Employers when Exposing Workers to Falls Illinois Fall Protection Citation Recently in February of 2018, in a suburb outside of Chicago, a General Contractor received an Illinois Fall Protection citation for exposing workers to fall hazards. As reported by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety […]

Industrial Loading Dock Gate Applications – Rolling Dock Gate

Industrial Loading Dock Gate Applications – Rolling Dock Gate Potential Hazard with Loading Docks? Loading docks are an area in manufacturing plants where people are constantly working around, and generally have little to no fall protection when dock doors are left open.  Our Industrial Loading Dock Gates solve that problem! Fall Protection Requirement at Loading […]

Fall Protection Concerns – New Construction Vs. Existing Buildings

Fall Protection for Existing Buildings vs New Construction   When you think of fall protection, you probably think of a guard rail or harness system being used during the construction of a new structure. And you’d be almost right. New construction is an obvious place where fall protection is needed, but that doesn’t mean that […]