Fall Protection 101

Falls can occur from a large variety of locations throughout the work area, including ladders, scaffolding, roofs, and unprotected edges.

Did You Know...

  • The average injury claim including benefits costs the employer $8,000?
  • The average cost savings associated with injury prevention is an estimated $24,842 a year?

A major contributor to falls, however, is a simple lack of knowledge about how to best prevent them. Learning about strategies for fall prevention, such as installing guardrails, using toe boards, tying off to appropriate anchors, and blocking openings, can all dramatically reduce the likelihood of falls.

Unfortunately, at many job sites, such fall prevention practices are not currently applied as well as they could be. Not only does this put workers at greater risk, it is in noncompliance with legal regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

OSHA 1926, Subpart M, details the many regulations that must be met for the proper and legally compliant use of fall protection equipment. Worker training plays a central role in OSHA fall protection standards, since fall protection equipment will not serve its purpose unless it is used correctly.

OSHA 1926.503 (a)(1) states:

“The employer shall provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling, and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.”

Your training program needs to cover:

  1. The nature of fall hazards in the work area.
  2. The correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting the fall protection systems to be used.
  3. The use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, and other protection to be used.
  4. The role of each employee in the safety monitoring system when this system is used.
  5. The limitations on the use of mechanical equipment during the performance of roofing work on low-sloped roofs.
  6. The correct procedures for the handling and storage of equipment and materials and the erection of overhead protection.
  7. The role of employees in fall protection plans.
  8. The standards contained in OSHA 1926, Subpart M.

The products and training classes developed by Guardian Fall Protection are designed to ensure the safety of both the worker and employer, whether it is from harm or fines.

Need assistance in creating your fall safety training program? Contact us at 1.800.466.6385 or enroll in fall protection training with HART Height and Rescue Training by PSG.