Why and How to use Effective Fall Protection Strategies
Working from a height always poses the risk of your workers falling. Falls are dreaded because of their negative effects on both the workers and the industry that employs them. Severe injury and death are the two main risks facing a worker if he falls from a height. For the employer, effects of a workers fall are felt in that he has to pay for the workers medication and not get the workers services during the recuperation period. To prevent these negative effects, an industry has therefore to seriously consider fall protection methods. The most commonly used and accepted means of fall protection are listed and discussed below.
To begin the long process of industrial fall protection, you need to first get all the necessary information about the work site. To do this, you might be required to make a tour of the place and map out all the possible hazards your workers might be facing on the job. Key information to obtain during this prior visit includes the heights and the best points to have safety measures erected.
Fall elimination is the next thing you embark on once you have acquired all the necessary information about the risks of the job. The act of making sure your workers work without heights is what we call fall elimination. To help you get rid of the heights, you can fill up unused pits or cover those to be used later. For people working on high buildings, it is wise to provide a wide platform for the worker to operate on. Having a platform that is wide enough reduces the risk of falling to almost zero. The platforms should, however, be enhanced with side rails.
Another important aspect in industrial fall protection is in the safety tools you decide to have on set. The working area posing the risk of falling should be made safer by use of rails and restricting walls. Something else you may need to do is to have your workers have body harnesses on them anytime they are working at heights. The harnesses should then be fastened to an anchor that is strong enough to support the worker on harness.
Fall cushions are the last part of an effective fall protection. Fall cushions are also called fall arresters. Fall cushions reduce the impact of the falling of a person in the case that the other listed fall protection methods fail. The right place to have the fall cushions is below the point the worker is operating from. For effective fall cushioning, the fall arresters should be placed at a height not away from the worker.