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FALLS, THE SUDDEN STOP

Every  year, falls injure many workers about one in five of these are fatal.  Lets discuss a few steps we can take to help prevent a fall.

 

HOUSEKEEPING

Good footing is the best way to avoid falls and good housekeeping in the best way to ensure good footing. Scrap lumber, trash, wire, and slippery areas caused by water, grease, or oil can cause falls.

LADDERS

Taking ladders for granted has caused many falls. Many workers believe that they can use any ladder for any job. To be safe, however, select a ladder that suits the purpose. Be sure it's in good condition and that you place it securely. Keep both hands free for climbing and always face the ladder when going up or down. Don't carry tools with you.

SCAFFOLDS

A scaffold should be solidly constructed like a permanent structure, even if it will be used for only a short time. Be sure uprights are uniformly spaced, plumb, and set on a good foundation. Use mudsills if required. Use horizontal or diagonal bracing to give stability. Provide guardrails and toe boards to help prevent falls. Inspect planking before installation. It should overlap the support by a minimum of 12 inches, or be secured from movement.

Whenever you're on a single-point or a two-point suspended scaffold, wear your fall protection. Be sure it's tied to a secure independent life line.

FLOOR AND WALL OPENINGS

Depending on their size, cover floor openings or protect them with standard guardrails and toe boards. Also, protect wall openings, except for doorways and stairways through which persons could fall. This protection should be substantial and secured to prevent displacement.

STAIRWAYS

Falls on stairways are caused by running, carrying objects that block your view, failure to use handrails, or just not paying attention. Watch your step and concentrate on what you are doing.

Remember, it's not the fall that hurts. It's the sudden stop.

 

 

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