Falls are among the most common causes of injury in the workplace. They can lead to severe injury, even death, but—with the proper precautions—they can be prevented. Without the proper precautions, same-level falls can occur during the simple act of walking, while falls to a lower level can occur from a ladder, scaffolding, roof, or other structure above the ground.
When it comes to ladder safety, avoiding fines and fatalities is a big concern. Three of OSHA’s top ten “serious” violations in 2015 were related to falls. Every day, one person dies in a ladder-related accident. Fall prevention is a focal point for safety leaders.
A New York-area employer who contested the violations cited against his company by OSHA after a worker’s fatal fall now faces considerably higher fines than originally proposed – due to what came to light during the litigation.
WernerCo conducted safety trainings that aligned with OSHA’s recent Stand Down to Safety Initiative, Over the course of safety week (May 2-6, 2016), the Werner End-User Specialist (EUS) team trained on the proper use of ladders and fall protection gear at jobsites all across the country.
The new next-generation Honeywell Miller Titan™ II harnesses and lanyards are an affordable fall protection solution for the general construction, manufacturing, and oil & gas (refinery) markets. The new Titan II harnesses offer enhanced adjustability and improved comfort with slip-resistant pads and rings; and lighter, strategically-placed padding for optimal airflow.
Two times in three days, OSHA inspectors witnessed Premier Roofing Company LLC and its sub-contractor Walter Construction LTD exposing workers to falls. On Dec. 21, 2015, OSHA responded after receiving a complaint about employees in danger of falling as they installed shingles on a three-story, multi-family building.