How Do We Prevent Falls: OSHA Fall Safety

Diamond Tool located in Philadelphia, PA is serious about fall safety. That’s why we want you to know how to do your job efficiently and safely. What dangers do we look for when it comes to skylights, aerial lifts, ladders, and equipment?

What To Do to Ensure Fall Safety

Skylights and Holes

You should always consider all skylights open floor holes unless they are covered with a skylight screen or skylight guardrail. The only exception to this rule is if the skylight was rated to stand on. Skylight screens or cages cover the skylight with a wire mesh framework. The wire mesh lets light through, but will absorb the weight of a falling person. Skylight screens come in several styles to protect most skylight types that are currently used.

Skylight guardrails put up a barrier between the worker and the hazard. The guardrail has special bases that do not penetrate the roof.

Aerial Lifts

To avoid danger, you should always inspect to see if equipment is damaged or used other than intended. There should never be ladders on the platform, nor should the aerial lift be located on unlevel or unstable surfaces. Other dangers include:

  • Untrained Operators
  • Improper Driving
  • Lack of Fall Protection
  • Overload Equipment
  • Workers Standing on guardrails

Ladders

When inspecting your ladders, look for improper ladders at your job site. Also, look for improper ladder placement and check if the ladder is not tied off. Be sure all employees are trained to know proper climbing procedures such as to never stand on the top step of the ladder. Lastly, you should be sure your ladder does not extend 36″ above the deck.

Equipment

You should always watch out for improper entry and exit. Always make sure you and your worker’s are wearing safety belts, not riding on loads, and riding in a proper seat. To avoid other dangers, refrain from climbing on tractor trailers and always wear protective gear.

Since 1974, Diamond Tool supplies the people who build America. Enjoy our knowledgeable staff and quality selection of safety products. Learn more about our collection of personal and industrial safety products by giving us a call at 1-888-TRY-DIAMond. You can also visit our website at diamondtool.net.

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