Dropped tools and equipment are some of the deadliest hazards from working at height that often go overlooked. New developments and standards are bringing more focus to this hazard in general, but is your company maximizing the benefits of a dropped objects program?
Scaffolding (1926.451) OSHA’s scaffolding standard for construction was the third most-frequently cited agency standard in FY 2018.
January 7, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 54 fatalities in 2009 from scaffold staging. In a BLS study, 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents said either the planking or support gave way, slipping, or being struck by a falling object. All can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.
OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in long shoring operations. In addition, OSHA requires that fall protection be provided when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.
Experienced employers — from industrial safety managers to construction supervisors -- keep a close eye on measures for worker fall protection. Failures in this category have led OSHA’s annual list of top 10 most-cited violations for most of the past decade.
Petzl, the leader in solution-based hands-free lighting and work-at-height equipment, will debut a robust line of ANSI-compliant fall protection products at the 2018 Safety+ National Symposium presented by the Volunteer Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) and the Tennessee Safety and Health Conference (TSHC).
Showcasing its leadership in rope-access and work-at-height, Petzl concluded the 2018 RopeTrip International Challenge and Symposium in Germany on June 9, crowning its first ever winning team from North America. Every two years, the Petzl RopeTrip brings together leading professionals in the rope-access community for an event that showcases best practices, cutting-edge technique and industry camaraderie through friendly competition and educational seminars.
It’s hard to fathom that in this day and age of real-time data, education and technology, worker fatalities in the U.S. have actually increased (up 7 percent in 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Online exhibitor registration for the 11th edition of OS+H Asia, The Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition for Asia, is now open at www.osha-singapore.com. Organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia, the event will take place from August 22 - 24, 2018 in Singapore. Messe Düsseldorf Asia is the subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf in Germany, renowned for A + A - the world’s leading international trade fair for the occupatonal safety and health sector.
For decades, leading causes of death on construction sites have been “Falls” and “Struck by Object” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2015, OSHA recorded 364 deaths from falls (38.8 percent of the total construction deaths) and 90 from being struck by objects (9.6 percent of the total construction deaths).
Those who work with their hands usually have something in their hands. So they need a way to carry their stuff – tools, equipment, lunch and hydration – to and fro on their job site. While this isn’t typically a problem for travel on smooth surfaces, not all walking/work surfaces are smooth, level, uniform or horizontal.