OSHA’s Top Citation: Fall Protection: New Gear, New Regulations and New Standards – What Every EHS Pro Should Know!

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By Guest Blogger: Allyson Clark

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Plan, Provide and Trainis OSHA’s slogan for fall protection – sounds easy enough, Right? Well except that for the last 10 years, fall protection has been the number one issued citation by OSHA for construction and general industry. In fact, falls rank as the number one cause of work related injury and deaths.   So what regulation, product performance standards and gear should EHS Professional be in the know of? – Well Keep Reading!

New Regulation for General Industry:

On Jan 17th, 2017, OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.21-.30 Walking-Working Surfaces (WWS) Rule specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards  became enforceable. Slips trips and falls are proportionally high for general industry accidents and for the construction industry.  This final rule adds training, inspections, as well as updates for general industry standards and adds requirements for personal fall protection standards…

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OSHA National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls In Construction – May 8-12, 2017 #StandDown4Safety

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. … Continue reading OSHA National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls In Construction – May 8-12, 2017 #StandDown4Safety

“Excavation & Trenching Safety” #ConstructionSafety @StopThinkPrevnt

Trenching and Excavation Safety Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations. OSHA defines an excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by earth removal. A trench is defined as a narrow underground excavation that is deeper than it is wide, and is no wider than … Continue reading “Excavation & Trenching Safety” #ConstructionSafety @StopThinkPrevnt

“The ABC’s & 1,2,3’s of Fall Protection”

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“OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Final Rule Requirement Implementation Dates “

On November 18, 2016, OSHA finally published a final rule updating the walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards for general industry. Percolating since 1990 (55 FR 13360), reopened in 2003 (68 FR 23528) and again in 2010 (75 FR 28862), revisions to the walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards were long overdue. OSHA’s 500+ final rule gives employers new … Continue reading “OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Final Rule Requirement Implementation Dates “

“Confined Spaces – Supervisor Safety Tip Series” #ConfinedSpace #Safety

Developed by Vivid’s Chief Safety Officer Jill James, a former OSHA inspector, this series examines real hazards in real work environments. This safety tip video explains ways to stay safe while working with Confined Spaces. Confined spaces are enclosed or partially enclosed spaces of a size such that a worker can squeeze entry for performing assigned … Continue reading “Confined Spaces – Supervisor Safety Tip Series” #ConfinedSpace #Safety

“Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”

Every October the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, our … Continue reading “Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety”

“Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant” #GBSW17

Video From ABC TV Series "In An Instant" Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe 1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc) 2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit” 3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary 4.) Never enter a grain bin … Continue reading “Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant” #GBSW17

“Miller Fall Protection Safety Webinar” & “Fall Clearance Calculator App”

Miller Fall Protection Webinar When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and swing fall, whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your safety. The Miller Fall Clearance Calculator App gives workers who work at heights, the ability to quickly … Continue reading “Miller Fall Protection Safety Webinar” & “Fall Clearance Calculator App”

“Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

Video From ABC TV Series "In An Instant" Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe 1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc) 2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit” 3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary 4.) Never enter a grain bin … Continue reading “Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

3M “DB​I-SALA® Lad-Saf™ (Tower Ladder Safety) Sleeve – Stop Use and Voluntary Recall / Replacement”

After more than 30 years of use in the fall protection industry, the original Lad-Saf™ sleeve has been replaced by a completely redesigned next generation Lad-Saf sleeve. Capital Safety/3M recently reviewed the performance of the original Lad-Saf sleeve in the field, including a limited number of incidents involving a serious injury or death in the … Continue reading 3M “DB​I-SALA® Lad-Saf™ (Tower Ladder Safety) Sleeve – Stop Use and Voluntary Recall / Replacement”

“Safety Photo of the Day” – “Who Should Be Tied Off In This Photo?”

Who Should Be Wearing Fall Protection &  Tied Off In This Photo? OSHA issued a letter of interpretation that addresses the requirements for use of a body-restraint system on aerial lifts (body restraint is required) versus scissor-lifts (body restraint not required as long as standard guardrails are in place). One last thing about scissor-lifts to … Continue reading “Safety Photo of the Day” – “Who Should Be Tied Off In This Photo?”

“OSHA – DOL News Release” – “Worker Falls 22 Feet to Death, 4 Months After OSHA Cites Employer for Failing to Protect Workers on the Same Job Site”

Louisville employer faces $320K in fines for serial disregard of fall protection ADDISON, Ill. ‒ Four months after federal safety investigators cited his employer for failing to provide workers with fall protection at a United Parcel Service facility in Addison, a 42-year-old employee of Material Handling Systems/MHS Technical Services, fell 22 feet to his death … Continue reading “OSHA – DOL News Release” – “Worker Falls 22 Feet to Death, 4 Months After OSHA Cites Employer for Failing to Protect Workers on the Same Job Site”

“The “Vert Alert” Lanyard Attachment Warning System Saves Lives”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzGXmrV400s The VertAlert verbally warns the lift operator if the safety harness lanyard has not been properly attached to the lift anchor point. The VertAlert will not allow the lift to proceed UP until it has verified this proper attachment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI2Xmb4-F8A It will also collect and store data on lift activity including safety violations and … Continue reading “The “Vert Alert” Lanyard Attachment Warning System Saves Lives”

“Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”

Video From ABC TV Series "In An Instant" Grain Bin Safety Week – 15 Tips to Keep You Safe 1.) Maintain grain quality (e.g. moisture, heat, etc) 2.) Never enter a bin without a “bin entry permit” 3.) Never enter a grain bin unless it is really truly necessary 4.) Never enter a grain bin … Continue reading “Grain Bin Safety” – “Don’t Get Buried Alive….In An Instant”