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Fall Hazard

Definition - What does Fall Hazard mean?

A fall hazard is anything in a workplace that could cause accidental loss of balance or body support and result in falling. Members of a workplace are encouraged to foresee falling hazards and eliminate or control them by taking precautionary measures before they cause injuries.

Safeopedia explains Fall Hazard

Most construction fatalities are caused by fall hazards, and statistics for falls in various workplaces have led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to set up campaigns in the area of fall hazards in America. OSHA's main goal is to protect worker's rights and prevent injuries and deaths in workplaces by holding employers accountable for safe workplaces. This means that in the area of fall hazards employers must take preventative measures to stop fall injuries. Examples of fall hazards include weak or defective ladders, ledges without adequate railing, carrying heavy objects, stairways, using a fork truck without a proper personnel platform, failing to use a guardrail on a scaffold etc.

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