How do I decide what kind of fall protection I need from one project to the next?
On this week’s episode of Dynamic Discussions, Greg and David dive into how you can decide what kind of fall protection you need from one project to the next. All jobsites are unique, so to make an initial assessment of what safety precautions will be needed, you will need to conduct a hazard analysis. The hazard analysis is required by OSHA, and it’s important to note that if you do not conduct a hazard analysis and keep it on file, it is considered an OSHA violation.
The first step to providing a safe working environment to your employees is to make a thorough and honest assessment of the fall hazards present in your workplace. Once the hazards are identified, your team can implement proper mitigation strategies and provide workers with critical personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep your workers safe when working at heights. Malta Dynamics offers workplace fall hazard assessments. Our analysis will verify that your current safety program and work practices comply with all OSHA, ANSI and other applicable regulations, or provide steps for you to take to bring your company into compliance.
A Malta Dynamics Hazard Analysis includes:
- Any safety deficiencies or hazards identified will be detailed.
- Safety equipment inspection (see below).
- The necessary control measures and any recommended inspection procedures will be outlined.
- Recommendations for changes to the safety program and/or work practices to rectify the hazards will be provided.
- A comprehensive report will be prepared and sent via e-mail, and a hard copy will be mailed for your records.
Our experienced safety professionals can provide several levels of site surveys depending on your needs: Basic (Safety Inspection)—This service includes a site walk, a basic assessment of the facility, and a safety equipment inspection. Standard—A fall protection specialist will visit your site to conduct the Basic walkthrough plus a thorough examination of structures and existing fall prevention and protection systems. Comprehensive—A trained engineer specializing in fall protection solutions will visit the site to conduct the walkthrough. This level of inspection includes the services of a senior engineer to observe your work site and make recommendations.
Falls remain a leading cause of workplace injury and death, and inadequate fall protection remains Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited violation across all industries as of 2018.
The first step to providing a safe working environment to your employees is to make a thorough and honest assessment of the fall hazards present in your workplace.
A simple hazard assessment can be completed in a day, and its positive effects can be felt for years. The effects can be measured in the health and safety of your employees and in accident-free days on the job.
The Malta Dynamics Hazard Assessment checklist offers a template for you to assess the fall hazards at your jobsite, so you’ll know where your workers are most likely to be in danger of a fall. Armed with this knowledge, you can engineer solutions to mitigate the risks, and train and equip your workers with PPE that will help to avoid serious incidents and injuries.
Download your Hazard Assessment checklist now — and call us at (800) 494-1840 for all your fall protection and safety gear needs.
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