Occupational fatalities caused by falls remain a serious public health problem throughout the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor lists falls as one of the leading causes of traumatic occupational death, accounting for eight percent of all occupational fatalities from trauma.
Before you can begin a fall protection program, you must identify the potential fall hazards in your workplace. Any work tasks that require personnel to be exposed to fall hazard of four or more feet, requires some form of fall protection.
Fall protection can be achieved by implementing either a Fall Restraint or a Fall Arrest system.
- Fall Restraint forbids the worker from ever stepping/falling off the edge that is four or more feet in height. Examples of this include; guardrail systems, harness/lanyards of such a length that they will not permit the worker to get to the exposed edge.
- Fall Arrest is needed if the worker will be exposed to a free fall of four or more feet. Fall arrest is typically comprised of an anchorage point, harness, and lanyard. This is the least desirable solution in that it permits the worker to be exposed to the free fall and requires that not only does the worker have the harness and lanyard, but they have these items on correctly and attached to a proper anchorage point.
The Sotaris Approach
Sotaris offers all services to enable our clients to achieve effective fall protection for their employees. This includes all of the following services:
- Fall Hazard Risk Analysis
- Task Specific Reviews
- Fall Protection Training
- Fall Hazard Remediation Using th Hierarchy of Controls
By operating in this fashion we are assuring that the end result is the most pragmatic and useful fall hazard protection program that meets your needs and the environment in which you operate. We always pay close attention to pertinent variables such as workforce makeup, budget constraints, project schedule and plant/working environment particulars.