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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Last summer, the new dropped objects standard set in place best practices for dropped and falling objects prevention that every safety manager should know.In this webinar, Nate Bohmbach (chair of the ISEA Standards Committee for Dropped (more...)

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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A fall can occur in the blink of an eye, caused by a momentary lapse in concentration, tiredness, lack of spatial awareness, misplaced footing, reaction to an unexpectedly loud noise, slipping or (more...)

ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 is a standard that consists of design, testing, performance and labeling requirements for tool tethering systems and containers used to transport and secure tools and equipment at (more...)

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...)

Take the time to review your current safety program and ensure that you have the right practices, products, training, response plans and reporting steps in place to help prevent slips, trips, and (more...)

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Fall Protection and Leading Edges: What You Need to Know

Leading edges pose a serious danger to construction workers. Find out how to stay safe from falls during construction projects.

An Intro to Self-Retracting Lanyards

This piece of safety equipment is designed to arrest the fall of a worker who is working at height. Find out more here.

How to Prevent Fall Protection Equipment Malfunction

Falls are the number one cause of fatality in the construction industry. Fall protection equipment can help prevent workers from serious injury or death but only if it's...

Setting a Higher Standard: The Working-at-Heights Safety Quiz

This quiz will take you through some of the key things to know about ISEA Dropped Objects Standard 121. Try your hand at the quiz to see how much you know!

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Falls are the No.1 cause of workplace fatalities worldwide. Test your fall safety knowledge here.

Four Steps to Calculating Fall Arrest Distance

Your fall arrest system is as good as useless if you don't have enough clearance to use it. Find out how to perform this essential calculation.

Suspension Trauma: The Danger of Fall Arrest Systems

Your fall arrest system stopped your fall, but what happens next could cost you your life. Learn about the dangers of suspension trauma.

Ladders: Extend Your Reach Without Shortening Your Life

Mose people don't think twice before climbing a ladder, but it can have serious risks. Learn about safe ladder use and what to look for in an inspection.

3 Risks Your Fall Arrest Planning May Overlook

Fall arrest planning means taking into account all possible hazards. Find out safety professionals often overlook.

Fall Protection OSHA Violations

Fall protection consistently tops annual lists of OSHA safety violations. Learn how to avoid them and keep your workers safe and your bottom line healthy.

Fall Protection for Industrial Cleaners - Know How to Be Safe at Any Height

Industrial cleaners do a lot of work at height and face special safety challenges when they do. Find out how to meet those challenges and keep them safe.

Fall Protection Fundamentals: Self-Retracting Lanyards

When working at height, your SRL is often your last line of defense. Find out how to properly inspect so it won't let you down when you most need it.

Keys to Safe Ladder Use

Ladders might seem like a no-brainer, but misuse of them can lead to serious injuries. Find out how to use them safely.

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.

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.

Should I tether my tools even when no one is working underneath me?

The temptation to shirk the tether whenever possible is understandable. That said, the answer is still always going to be “yes.” You should always tether your tools when...

What happens if I tie off at the foot level with a personal SRL?

It’s not uncommon for construction workers to tie off at foot level with a personal SRL while working with leading edges. But it does come with added risk. There are...

Can I use an energy absorbing laynard with an SRL?

Energy absorbing lanyards are also known as shock absorbing lanyards. They are connecting devices used with safety harnesses, the purpose of which is fall arrest. Energy...

Properly matching fall PPE and winter gear is the key to safe and comfortable winter work

Are you out of your mind? No, you should not wear your fall protection equipment over anything but your base layer of clothing. What’s your base layer? Think underwear,...

When do I need a cage ladder?

Ladders are useful in any number of situations, from something as simple as changing a light bulb to something far more complex like reaching the roof of a building for...

Do I need a dropped objects plan?

Even socially responsible employers with comprehensive workplace safety programs tend to gloss over the risks associated with dropped objects. Despite this tendency by...

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...