Occupational Safety

Fall protection do’s and don’ts from OSHA

July 15, 2014

Preventing serious injuries and fatalitiesOSHA stresses in a fall prevention fact sheet that falls from roofs can be prevented. Here’s how:

DO:
• Wear a harness and always stay connected
• Make sure your harness fits
•Use guardrails or lifelines
•Inspect all fall protection equipment before use
•Guard or cover all holes, openings, and skylights

DON’T:
•Disconnect from the lifeline
•Work around unprotected openings or skylights
•Use defective equipment

OSHA fall prevention mantra: PLAN ahead to get the job done safely. PROVIDE the right equipment. TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely.

Ladder safety do’s and don’ts:

DO
• Choose the right ladder for the job
•Maintain three points of contact
•Secure the ladder
•Always face the ladder
• Guard or cover all holes, openings, and skylights

DON’T:
• Step on the top or on the top step of a stepladder
• Stretch too far—overreach
• Place the ladder on unlevel footing

Scaffolding safety do’s and don’ts:

DO:
• Use fully planked scaffolds
• Ensure proper access to scaffold
• Plumb and level
•Complete ALL guardrails
• Ensure stable footing
• Inspect before use (by competent person)

DON’T:
• Use a ladder on top of a scaffold
• Stand on guardrails

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