Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and
deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling
off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor
To prevent employees from being injured from falls, employers must:
- Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk (using a
railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover).
- Provide a guard rail and toe-board around every elevated open sided platform,
floor or runway.
- Regardless of height, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or
equipment (such as a vat of acid or a conveyor belt) employers must provide
guardrails and toe-boards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
- Other means of fall protection that may be required on certain jobs include
safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails.
Working with industry stakeholders, the Us-American Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) developed a collection of compliance assistance
resources to raise awareness of common fall hazards in construction, educate
employers and workers on fall prevention, and reduce the number of fall-related
injuries and fatalities. These resources include a series of fall safety
videos; a Fall Prevention Training Guide; fact sheets on ladders and
scaffolding; and a brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration