Surprisingly, falls rank as the second leading cause of death stemming from unintentional injuries, according to the National Institute of Health. Many of those falls tend to happen in the workplace.
Whether at construction sites or agricultural facilities, the threat of falls is ever-present. This underscores the importance of fall prevention strategies to ensure safety at your place of work.
Understand Fall Risk
According to OSHA statistics, any time a worker is at a height of four feet or more, they are at risk. This means that every vertical ascent, no matter how small, could lead to potential hazards. In 2020 alone, there were 351 fatal falls out of 1,008 construction fatalities. This underscores the severity of the issue and the necessity of immediate action.
Incorporate Effective Fall Prevention Training
One of the primary measures of preventing falls is proper training. We offer a variety of courses tailored to the needs of various sectors, from private to industrial settings. Our courses touch on essential aspects like:
- Recognizing types of falls
- Understanding elevated work areas
- Using fall protection equipment like body harnesses and self-retracting lifelines
- Implementing personal fall arrest systems
Interested parties can also benefit from tailored fall prevention classes at our NEW Training Center. Some of our courses include:
Fall Protection Awareness/Authorized Person Training
This four hour course brings awareness to the issues involved with fall protection with a focus on the best practices in fall protection. Participants are introduced to the regulations and standards governing fall protection as well as the components of a fall protection system including body support, anchorages, connectors, and rescue.
Fall Protection Competent Person Training
The Competent Person training enables the attendee to be responsible for the immediate supervision, implementation and monitoring of a managed fall protection program. Upon completion of this 16-hour course, you will receive a certificate recognizing you have completed the training required to meet OSHA and ANSI requirements as a Competent Person and Competent Inspector.
This course includes in-class lectures at our facility in Trenton, Illinois. You’ll also receive slideshows, videos and hands-on scenarios applying to practical workplace situations. This Competent Person training is a pass/fail program incorporating both written and practical examinations and is based on the requirements of the OSHA regulations, ANSI Z359.2 standard as well as local requirements that will be discussed and reinforced. Attendees will learn practical solutions to difficult fall protection problems using appropriate tools and equipment.
Fall Protection Competent Person EM385 Training
EM 385 fall protection training is required for all employees working on government or military projects. The Competent Person EM385 Training enables the attendee to be responsible for the immediate supervision, implementation, and monitoring of a fall protection program. Like the other Competent Person training, this pass/fail course includes in-class lectures and hands-on scenarios applying theory discussed to practical workplace situations.
Attendees will also learn practical solutions to difficult fall protection challenges using appropriate tools and equipment. Upon completion of this 24-hour course attendees will receive a certificate recognizing they have completed this course and all associated exercises and examinations.
Be Proactive With Fall Protective Wear
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 longshoring operations. Outfitting your crew and establishing a safety plan before work commences is crucial. It’s not enough to be reactive; proactive measures need to be implemented. Our team specializes in crafting customized safety wear designed for your teams’ needs. Arnco Safety is a proud distributor of KStrong fall protection products including:
- Body Harness and Accessories
- Body Harness & Lanyard Combo Kits
- Roofing Kits
- SRL’s (Self Retracting Lifelines)
- Rescue and Descent
- Drop Prevention Products (Kaptor)
Contact Arnco to Ensure Safety and Prevent Falls
By ensuring that all stakeholders are prepared and educated about the fall safety and fall prevention measures, you can mitigate risk in your workplace. From HR trainers to employees on the ground, it’s important that everyone on your team is equipped to prevent falls.