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The Guardian Fall Team Blog

This month, ESG moved to a new and improved facility headquarters with Guardian Fall Protection. Our new base of operations is located at 6305 S 231st Street in Kent, Washington, and it provides a number of improvements over our previous building (most notably, expanded office and warehouse space).

I must admit, within this first week alone following the move, I have already driven to the wrong building, gotten lost in attempting to locate my new office in the building, and provided car service to the wrong address.

Embarrassing? Yes, a little bit. Confusing? Absolutely. And I’m left wondering whatever happened to my old standard daily routine.

From this experience, I’ve come to realize that our daily habits become so regular to us that we hardly ever stop and think about what we are actually doing.

Another example of this can be found in studying people’s body positions during car accidents.

Studies have shown that drivers who frequently steer with one hand on the wheel will actually react to an accident with only one hand on the wheel. But a second hand on the wheel would greatly improve their ability to maneuver their car during the accident.

In the world of fall protection, it is imperative that training is performed regularly and protocol is followed at all times. Safely utilizing fall protection products can be turned into a habit if workers are diligent about taking the correct steps each day. But training for an hour a week, or even a day, isn’t enough if we want to make protecting ourselves from the fall a habit.

Recent studies have proven that the old proverb of ‘it takes 21 days to create a habit’ is not accurate; as it actually takes an average of 66 days and can range widely between 18 and 250 days depending on the person.

Let’s talk about harnesses. From what I’ve come to learn about the fall protection industry, there are two types of workers: ones who have a dedicated full body harness at their disposal and ones who will grab whatever harness they find.

Now, if a worker has a dedicated harness available to them, that harness will be easy to don and a habit can be more easily formed. But, if you have to readjust a different harness every time, this routine can quickly become a hindrance and a habit will be less likely to be formed.

The same can be said in regards to evaluating fall hazards on the job site. If workers make it a routine to plan and prepare for accessing areas of fall hazard each day, than they can take the measures necessary to perform work in the hazardous area safely. But, if you’re constantly moving between job sites, it can become very difficult to familiarize yourself with the fall hazards on each job site and make it difficult to make it a habit to watch out for those hazards. Adjusting to a new environment is never easy and workers of all types need to cautiously move into new working conditions so that they can remain safe.

And so, as certain people are a bit more resistant to habit-forming than others, supervisors of work crews need to be sure to promote a consistent, daily routine to improve safety on their job sites. When our work environments change, some habits are likely will change along with them (such as what directions you are taking to work). But the habits for protecting yourself, will always stick.

If you have any questions on fall protection or would like to come take a tour of our new building, please feel free to reach out to us at 1.800.466.6385 or via my email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..