Fall Protection Plan

Fall Protection Plan

Company Policy Statement

We believe that our employees are very important to us. Fall Protection is an important aspect of our program to ensure that people who work for us can continue to live safe and healthy lives. We require all employees who work at heights above 10 feet and over to be protected from falling. In some cases, we will also implement fall protection at a lesser height if there is a danger or hazard in the area below. A written fall protection plan will be developed and implemented when a fall hazard of 25 feet or more exists or when a safety monitor and control zone is required.

The intent of the plan is to:

  • Help prevent falls
  • Assist workers and supervisors to identify the fall hazards of the site before work begins at heights.
  • Assist in the selection of an appropriate fall protection system(s)
  • Assist in rescue procedures for someone if a fall should occur

It is our company policy that all managers, supervisors and workers comply with the fall protection guidelines. We have established several checklists to help our supervisors and workers in identifying problem areas on the site. These checklists will be of much help when our supervisors are developing the site-specific program. We have outlined some specific responsibilities for ourselves (the employer), our supervisors and our workers as follows company guidelines. Responsibilities of all role are given below.

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Employer Responsibilities

  • Ensure a written work site specific fall protection plan is in place
  • Ensure that a fall protection system is being used
  • Ensure that guardrails are used when practicable
  • Ensure a fall restraint system is in place when applicable
  • If a fall restraint system cannot be used, ensure a fall arrest system is in place
  • Provide appropriate control zone procedures if the above are not appropriate
  • Ensure supervisors and workers are trained
  • Ensure all equipment is safe, maintained, inspected and used correctly
  • Investigate any anomalies in the system to make recommendations so that such anomalies will not happen again
  • Update the program as needed
  • Follow up on our program

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Ensure the program is prepared for each site
  • Ensure the program is being implemented
  • Inspect the program as it is used
  • Review the program
  • Investigate any anomalies and make recommendations to prevent re occurrence
  • Investigate all workers reports of anomalies to the system
  • Keep a log of all workers trained for the fall protection program and topics that were covered before they work in the fall protected area
  • Ensure all workers have a copy of the fall protection program
  • Inspect, maintain, and use the equipment in the recommended methods
  • Ensure that all workers are provided with the appropriate equipment
  • Observe workers, work practices and site operations and correct when necessary

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Worker Responsibilities

  • Know the fall protection plan
  • Follow the procedures as trained
  • Inspect equipment
  • Maintain equipment
  • Report any anomalies to the supervisors
  • Ensure the equipment is used as the manufacturer recommends
  • Inspect the program
  • It is a condition of employment that all managers, supervisors, and workers comply with the company safety policy and safety programs

Type of Fall Protection Name:

  1. Guardrails
  2. Toe Boards
  3. Horizontal Lifelines
  4. Vertical Lifelines
  5. Harness and Lanyard
  6. Belt and Lanyard
  7. Warning Lines
  8. Cover Over Holes
  9. Wire Rope Lifelines
  10. Fiber Rope Lifelines
  11. Robe Grabs
  12. Fall Arrest Blocks
  13. Tie Backs
  14. Safety Nets
  15. Canopies

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Falling at height

Fall height death statistics

Make Fall Safety a Top Priority

It may come as a surprise that the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death is falls. In 2015, nearly 33,381 people died in falls at home and at work – and for working adults, depending on the industry, falls can be the leading cause of death.

Hazards in the Workplace

In 2014, 660 workers died in falls from a higher level, and 49,210 were injured badly enough to require days off of work. A worker doesn’t have fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries. While half of all fatal falls in 2014 occurred from 20 feet or lower, 12% were from less than 6 feet, according to Injury Facts 2017®

Construction workers are most at risk for fatal falls from height – more than seven times the rate of other industries – but falls can happen anywhere, even at a “desk job.”

NSC data for 2014 includes falls from height and falls on the same level, by industry:

  1. Construction: 22,330 injuries, 359 deaths
  2. Manufacturing: 23,290 injuries, 49 deaths
  3. Wholesale trade: 14,360 injuries, 30 deaths
  4. Retail trade: 29,530 injuries, 34 deaths
  5. Transportation and Warehousing: 23,780 injuries, 43 deaths
  6. Professional and business services: 23,140 injuries, 94 deaths
  7. Education and health services: 51,150 injuries, 21 deaths
  8. Government: 69,530 injuries, 41 deaths     

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Falls are 100% Preventable

Whether working from a ladder, roof or scaffolding, it’s important to plan ahead, assess the risk and use the right        equipment. First, determine if working from a height is absolutely necessary or if there is another way to do the task safely.

  1. Discuss the task with coworkers and determine what safety equipment is needed
  2. Make sure you are properly trained on how to use the equipment
  3. Scan the work area for potential hazards before starting the job
  4. Make sure you have level ground to set up the equipment
  5. If working outside, check the weather forecast; never work in inclement weather
  6. Use the correct tool for the job, and use it as intended
  7. Ensure stepladders have a locking device to hold the front and back open
  8. Always keep two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on the ladder
  9. Place the ladder on a solid surface and never lean it against an unstable surface
  10. A straight or extension ladder should be 1 foot away from the surface it rests on for every 4 feet of height and extend at least 3 feet over the top edge
  11. Securely fasten straight and extension ladders to an upper support
  12. Wear slip-resistant shoes and don’t stand higher than the third rung from the top
  13. Don’t lean or reach while on a ladder, and have someone support the bottom
  14. Never use old or damaged equipment; check thoroughly before use

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Millions of people are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries every year.

A fall can end in death or disability in a split second,

but with a few simple precautions, you’ll be sure stay safe at at work

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Basic Study of Risk Assessment

Preamble

The purpose of a risk assessment is to systematically identify all of the risks associated with a task, activity or process and  put  appropriate controls in place to eliminate  or reduce the risks associated with that activity.

This entails breaking the activity down into separate components and ascertaining all of the risks associated with each component of the activity. Once the risks are identified you then assess the level of risk, to determine its priority. According to the level of risk and hence the priority, you decide on what controls you can put in place to eliminate or reduce the risk.

Obviously something with a high level of risk is a greater priority and may need to have more complex controls in place. In many circumstances you will find that it is impossible to totally eliminate the risk.

The degree of risk that remains after you have implemented controls is referred to as residual risk. If you find that the residual risks are too high (ie you just can’t put controls in place that reduce the risk), you may have to abandon the activity or think of other controls to put in place to reduce the risk.

Best results will be achieved if the risk assessment is undertaken by more than one person, as this enables different views and perspectives, meaning that you are better able to identify all

of the risks. It also means greater and more varied input on determining controls.

The five steps to Risk Assessment:

Step 1: Identify hazards, i.e. anything that may cause harm.

Employers have a duty to assess the health and safety risks faced by their workers. Your employer must systematically check for possible physical, mental, chemical and biological hazards.

This is one common classification of hazards:

  • Physical: e.g. lifting, awkward postures, slips and trips, noise, dust, machinery, computer equipment, etc.
  • Mental: e.g. excess workload, long hours, working with high-need clients, bullying, etc. These are also called ‘psychosocial’ hazards, affecting mental health and occurring within working relationships.
  • Chemical: e.g. asbestos, cleaning fluids, aerosols, etc.
  • Biological: including tuberculosis, hepatitis and other infectious diseases faced by healthcare workers, home care staff and other healthcare professionals.
Risk
Step 2: Decide who may be harmed, and how.

 

Identifying who is at risk starts with your organisation’s own full- and part-time employees. Employers must also assess risks faced by agency and contract staff, visitors, clients and other members of the public on their premises.

Employers must review work routines in all the different locations and situations where their staff are employed. For example:

  • Home care supervisors must take due account of their client’s personal safety in the home, and ensure safe working and lifting arrangements for their own home care staff.
  • In a supermarket, hazards are found in the repetitive tasks at the checkout, in lifting loads, and in slips and trips from spillages and obstacles in the shop and storerooms. Staff face the risk of violence from customers and intruders, especially in the evenings.
  • In call centres, workstation equipment (i.e. desk, screen, keyboard and chair) must be adjusted to suit each employee.

Employers have special duties towards the health and safety of young workers, disabled employees, nightworkers, shiftworkers, and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Step 3: Assess the risks and take action.

This means employers must consider how likely it is that each hazard could cause harm. This will determine whether or not your employer should reduce the level of risk. Even after all precautions have been taken, some risk usually remains. Employers must decide for each remaining hazard whether the risk remains high, medium or low.

Step 4: Make a record of the findings.

Employers with five or more staff are required to record in writing the main findings of the risk assessment. This record should include details of any hazards noted in the risk assessment, and action taken to reduce or eliminate risk.

This record provides proof that the assessment was carried out, and is used as the basis for a later review of working practices. The risk assessment is a working document. You should be able to read it. It should not be locked away in a cupboard.

Step 5: Review the risk assessment.

A risk assessment must be kept under review in order to:

  • ensure that agreed safe working practices continue to be applied (e.g. that management’s safety instructions are respected by supervisors and line managers); and
  • take account of any new working practices, new machinery or more demanding work targets.

Implement controls

Once you have decided on the controls you are going to put in place and the risk assessment is authorised, you have to implement these controls. This may require the addition of further training, procedures, guidelines etc. to facilitate implementation of some controls.

Monitor And review

The next step is the most important step, as there is no use implementing controls if you don’t monitor and review what you have implemented.

This should be a continual process if it is to be effective. The best planned control measures may not be as effective as you thought they would be once put into practice. Or, you may find that by implementing certain controls, creates other hazards. If this is the case you may have to implement further contro