Fall Protection - Knowledge Center

The goal behind fall safety is to eliminate fall hazards in the workplace. Here you will find information about legislation and standards pertaining to fall protection, employer and worker responsibilities around fall safety, and tips for analyzing fall risk and preventing falls. This includes a dictionary of terms about fall safety and fall protection, details about fall protection systems and components, and the details on how impact forces affect the body. Through education and applying safe work practices and procedures when working above ground level, dangerous falls can be prevented.

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Join us to discuss a variety of fall safety topics with global practitioner Doug Myette. Have a question you need answered? Send it our way and we will aim to answer your question during the show or through follow-up.Topics of discussion (more...)

You’ve seen the stats. Or maybe already suffered the cost. Either way, you know the damage dropped objects are causing on worksites, and you’re ready to get serious about getting a prevention plan in place.But where to (more...)

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If you have workers at heights, you probably already know that you need to provide adequate fall protection and fall arrest systems to keep them safe. And while we all know what guardrails are for (more...)

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Safety Changes All General Industry Employers Need to Know


OSHA's final rule for walking-working surfaces is already in effect. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about it.

Preventing Falls From Roofs


Falls are the number one cause of death in the construction industry. Learn how to protect your employees from falls from roofs.

How to Choose Your Fall Protection Anchorage


Your anchorage is an integral part of your overall fall protection system. Find out how to stay safe by selecting the right anchorage.

How to Inspect Your Fall Harness When Working Alone


Fall safety is critical for anyone working at height, and especially for those working alone. Find out how lone workers can inspect their own fall harnesses.

Prevention: Slips, Trips and Falls


Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of injury both in the working world and at home. Learn what you can do to prevent these accidents from occurring.

Safety and Overconfidence: 'I Won't Fall'


Being good at your job requires some confidence, but overconfidence can lead to safety violations. Learn about the psychology of overconfidence and how you can avoid...

Third Party Negligence in Slip and Fall Accidents


Who is legally responsible when someone is injured from a slip or fall on a construction site? The property owner or the project manager? Well, it's complicated. Read...

CSA Class E4 vs. Class E6 Personal Energy Absorber (PEA)


Class E4 and E6 personal energy absorbers (PEA) are rated differently, and not the way you might think. Find out why there is a misconception surrounding the clearance...

Fall Arrest Force and Clearance


Fall arrest force and clearance are the two most important factors when considering fall protection PPE. Learn how these two factors affect one another and how to...

Winter Ice Safety


Learn what you can do to ensure your safety on and around ice.

What tools should I tether when working at heights?


There’s an easy answer to this question: all of them. Dropped tools cause hundreds of fatalities a year, and the dangers do not exist solely at high-altitude sites like...

What is the life expectancy of fall protection equipment?


Since it often gets used every day, fall protection like harnesses, lanyards, and connecting devices will gradually wear even if they are not involved in a fall. It's...

What are some basic fall protection rules that each of my workers need to understand?


With falls being one of the most common causes of workplace injuries and deaths, it’s imperative that workers who work at heights understand the basics of fall...

How much clearance do I need to safely use a Leading Edge SRL?


If you have workers at height, making proper use of a fall arrest system is crucial. It can mean the difference between life and death. The commonly used self-retracting...

Automotive service pit safety


In late 2016, OSHA finally published the long awaited updates to its 1910 Fall Protection in General Industry. In these updated standards, OSHA finally clarified that it...

What ages are most affected by falls?


Well, since you put it that way, which is a very generic question, I’ll say everything in the world is affected by falls. But in the workforce, it’s every age – from age...

How does body weight affect fall protection?


Read the transcript or scroll down to watch the video!Calvin: That brings up a very interesting topic. So, I’m around 220 lbs. I’m soaking wet, so how does my fall...

Scaffold cross-bracing


Using standard guard rails as the means of fall protection on a scaffold is generally recognized as providing superior protection than cross bracing alone. This is...

Fall protection training card


Some trainers advertise “certified competent person” classes. Others issue competent person training cards and a few among them may even claim their training cards are...

Aerial lift PPE


I advise using a fall harness in an aerial lift at all times. At least in the U.S., this is absolutely required. OSHA’s general requirement to provide fall protection...

How did you get into safety?


Make sure to check out the video version below!Calvin: Thanks for coming on to the Safety Talks show today, Doug. It’s great to have you out. It’s a fantastic day in...

How much clearance do you need for fall protection?


Among the most common causes of injuries in the workplace, falls result in both accidents and injuries. It is the responsibility of each employer to arrange fall...