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:

• 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

•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:

• 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

• 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:

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

• Use a ladder on top of a scaffold
• Stand on guardrails

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