Don’t Trip Up: The First Day of Fall Is a Good Reminder about Revitalizing Fall Safety Programs

Organizations need to put more focus in and dedicate more resources towards developing and executing walking-working surface and fall protection programs.   

The first day of fall is a good reminder to re-examine your fall protection program. The only things that should be falling in the next several months are leaves, not employees.

When it comes to the sheer number of falls that happen every year and the severity of their impact, the numbers are quite staggering. In the United States alone, they represent the third-leading cause of accidental injury-related deaths. For instance, in 2018, falls represented 22 percent of the total number of unintentional deaths. To say that these rates are alarming would be an understatement. 

Intelex offers these useful resources to help you reinforce the importance of fall safety with your workforce. Whether it’s eliminating falls from heights by utilizing the correct personal protective equipment and training workers in the proper way to wear it, or ensuring aisles are clear and floors are dry, better fall protection and prevention benefits all workers.

1. Don’t Get Tripped Up by Fall Hazards: A Fall Protection Checklist

It’s critical that organizations develop and continue to deliver on comprehensive fall protection plans as well as conduct fall hazard assessments. Access our checklist, Don’t Get Tripped Up by Fall Hazards: A Fall Protection Checklist, to learn:

  • How to ensure that each worker and their environment is safe by putting checks and controls in place and making key observations about their physical and mental state.
  • How to make sure that the guard rails meet minimum size requirements and can withstand minimum weight requirements.
  • What the specific vertical lifeline requirements are.
2. Walking Working Surfaces and Pedestrian Safety

Working in an environment that features environmental changes, poor illumination, congestion of equipment and people, and distractions means that slips, trips, and falls are a constant source of danger for pedestrians in the workplace. In this whitepaper, Walking Working Surfaces and Pedestrian Safety, Scott Gaddis, Vice President and Global Practice Leader—Safety and Health at Intelex Technologies Inc., provides a comprehensive look at preventing falls on walking-working surfaces by:

  • Identifying risks to the worker associated with work activity.
  • Identifying hazards found in the work environment that pose a threat of loss.
  • Providing details of identified risks or hazards and providing context to build understanding.
  • Utilizing a measurement system to evaluate risk understanding and decide precautions.
  • Building controls that protect people and the work environment.
3. Walking-Working Surface Inspection Checklist

Once you’ve downloaded the whitepaper from Scott,  take a look at his Walking-Working Surface Inspection Checklist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 700 fatalities caused by slips, trips and falls each year in the United States. Given these alarmingly high numbers, it’s clear that organizations need to put more focus in and dedicate more resources towards developing and executing walking-working surface programs.   

Turning theory into practice, Scott shares his recommendations around developing solid walking-working surfaces programs. By accessing our ‘Walking-Working Surfaces and Pedestrian Safety Checklist,’ you will learn:

  • The key categories within surface inspections that have key action items and controls: surface composition, surface condition, surface obstructions, surface separation and surface illumination.
  • Specific actions and accountabilities that people managers must follow and be responsible for (e.g. near miss and accident reporting reviews, effective training around slip and trip hazards).

Trips and falls are costly injuries, both in terms of the potentially long-term damage done to the employees who experience them and to your workers’ compensation costs. The good thing is, with proper equipment, maintenance and training, they can be eliminated from your workplace.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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