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6 Blogs You Need to Read About Fall Prevention

Julie Copeland

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National Safety Stand-Down

This week as the country focuses on raising awareness of the need for fall prevention, we thought we’d share some of our most popular blog posts related to fall prevention safety. Each article provides valuable insights into ways to prevent slips, trips and falls and also highlights the financial and human costs of neglecting proper fall prevention.

PAINFUL COSTS OF SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling, nonfatal workplace injuries amounted to nearly $62 billion in direct U.S. workers’ compensation costs. This translates into more than a billion dollars a week spent by businesses on these injuries.

Near the top of the list are, slips, trips and falls which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), states were involved in most general industry incidents.  (Read more)

4 WORKPLACE SAFETY TIPS FOR PREVENTING SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

 Slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of workplace accidents and injuries. According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the workplace. Below, four different safety precautions are listed and explained to help you dramatically decrease the amount of slips, trips and falls in your workplace (Read more)

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FALL PROTECTION: SCAFFOLDING SAFETY

 Scaffolding accidents are among the most common in the construction industry. Improper scaffolding practices are the #3 OSHA violation, with 5,423 citations given in 2013. Based on OSHA reports, 65 percent of workers in the construction industry, a whopping 2.3 million, operate on scaffolds frequently. Of these workers, 4,500 get injured every year and approximately 60 experience fatalities. The most shocking statistic of all though is this: 72 percent of these accidents occur as a result of deficient platforms and falling. (Read more)

SAFETY TRAINER TACKLES SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS

 During a recent customer visit, one of our skilled Arbill trainers encountered a number of potential hazards while touring a warehouse.

Meeting with the managers before addressing the workers, the trainer shared his observations about obstacles, proper ladder use, proper equipment, and slippage on spills. One of the managers volunteered that the incidents shared were minimal risks and not really worth reporting. Our trainer then asked how many days the organization had been without an incident that led to someone getting hurt. The answer was 36 days. (Read more)

 

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OSHA TAKES WALKING-WORKING SURFACES SERIOUSLY

Now that OSHA’s requirements for Walking-Working Surfaces (WWS) (subpart D) are in effect; the organization is demonstrating that they are serious about enforcing these new regulations.

For example, just days after the requirements became effective, OSHA initiated an inspection of an aluminum manufacturer and found 51 safety and health violations with proposed penalties of $1,922,895.

These violations included citations because fixed ladders, portable ladders, skylights, stairs, loading docks, and other WWS were not compliant. (Read more)

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FOCUS ON FALL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

Falls are a leading cause of death and injury in the workplace, but they can be prevented when workers understand proper set up and safe use of equipment. Fall protection equipment is a vital part of any safety program, but not all equipment is created equal. Here a few things to look for when selecting the correct fall protection equipment. (Read more)

Looking for more ideas on how to provide your employees with the PPE and training they need to avoid slip and fall injuries on the job? Talk to one of our safety advisors today. You can learn about our custom PPE options and schedule a site assessment.

Arbill is a safety solutions company. We are all about protecting your workers in the workplace. Our mission is to keep workers safe and return them home safely at the end of the day. Visit arbill.com for more information about being safe and subscribe to Safer Every Day, the definitive digital magazine for workplace safety.

Have a safe day!

 

Topics: Worker safety, fall protection safety, news

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