Fall Protection Around Openings and Holes


Fall protection is critical near ledges, manholes, catwalks, windows and other openings and holes. Falls are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the workplace, and here we give tips on how to avoid them. Good fall protection around openings and holes can come from removable and permanent railings, toe boards, floor hole covers and floor marking tape. Fall arrest systems may be required, depending on worker height. PPE such as a …

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Fall Protection – Residential Construction


Fall protection is critical. Falls are the leading cause of death and injury in construction. In residential construction, risks can sometimes be underestimated because heights aren’t as great as in commercial construction. But short falls can be fatal. If a worker will be six feet or more above the next lower level, OSHA requires a system to arrest or prevent falls. There are three conventional systems: A guard rail, a net, and personal fall arrester. …

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Scaffolding Safety – Slip and Fall Hazards


Scaffolding safety is often hard to achieve, due to the structure’s temporary nature. Just like any other work at-height, it is dangerous. But, because it is a temporary structure, more can go wrong with scaffolding. Avoid slip and fall hazards by inspecting it regularly. OSHA requires all workers to be trained prior to occupying, building or moving a scaffold. Employees should also know if scaffolding might intersect with site hazards. Don’t let scaffolding give you …

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