I often find that the reason most people don’t implement a good fall protection program, or are out of compliance is not because of a lack of knowledge, but an ignorance as to what equipment is available to assist in their fall protection needs. They may, or may not, perform a fall or hazard assessment, but once the hazard is identified they didn’t know how or what to use to help. The following are some examples of specialized equipment designed to help comply with the various fall hazards in construction.
Be sure to read the manufacture instructions for installation procedures and application requirements prior to use. If the system fails, where does the liability fall if the system is not installed properly? Use the right tool for the application to ensure adequate fall protection is in place.
This months photo addresses unseen hazards, or those that are not in our normal line of sight. How often do you look up to identify potential hazards? This was taken in the drive through of a major fast food chain. Although the entrance is not used very often, it does get used occasionally by employees as well as guests. What would happen if that ice and snow let go at the wrong time? Some would say that’s why you have insurance, but I would counter with there is more to this potential accident than just personal injury.
While conducting a training session on OSHA inspections and what to expect, a coworker of mine pointed out that OSHA will often watch the news and read the paper to see what is going on around town. If they see something not quite right they can and will show up on your job for an inspection. Well since this training class was out of town, I went back to my hotel room to put my feet up and grabbed the local paper. Guess what I saw on the front page?
Now I don’t know about you but, I see a few OSHA violations in this front page photo. If I were an OSHA compliance officer I would be pretty psyched about making a visit to this contractor. Hey front page news is prime pickings.
Something to think about as you work on projects or put out advertisements and mailings. Is the photo doing your company justice or could it cause harm? OSHA can read and they will follow up on something that appears to be hazardous or puts employee in harms way.
Ok, so I found these workers putting up a sign next to the restaurant I was having lunch at. As it is in my DNA, I had to stop and say something about their ladder placement. When I first pulled up they had the ladder about two feet from the bottom of the roof parapet and were accessing the roof from there. They obviously had more room on the ladder for extension but did not know or failed to follow the requirements. This is how I found them after my lunch and after I had talked to them about the 3′ rule.