fall safety

  • 5 Fall Preparedness Thoughts

    The crunch of leaves underfoot. Fall means shorter days and cooler temperatures, and for many, it is their favorite season for all these reasons and more.

    But this colorful season also contains significant weather hazards - ones that you can prepare for. As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we want to remind you to Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risks, taking action and being an example in your community.WRN

    Follow these five simple steps to be ready for the hazards of fall:

    1. Prepare for Hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs until November 30. As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, significant storms can strike well beyond the summer months. Make sure you’re ready with an Emergency Supplies Kit that includes three days of food and water, batteries, flashlights, vital medications and other items.
    2. Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Floods aren’t just a spring phenomenon - they can happen any time after a major rainfall. Never drive into standing water - just two feet of rushing water is enough to carry away most vehicles. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
    3. Tornadoes: Know Where to Go. Tornadoes are still a danger in the fall, particularly in the South.  Know where to go in case of a tornado. Find an underground shelter, safe room or windowless interior room or hallway to shelter in. At home and at work, take a few minutes to practice getting to shelter. Walk the route. When it comes to tornadoes, know where to go.
    4. Practice Wildfire Safety. If you live in an area prone to wildfires, prepare your home by cleaning out gutters, inspecting chimneys, clearing brush and other foliage from around your home and by taking other defensive measures. Create a Family Communications Plan so that you’ll be able to get in touch with loved ones in case a wildfire separates you.
    5. Prepare for Winter. Winter storms can knock out power for days at a time. Make sure that your family is ready with the supplies that they’ll need to survive. This means creating an Emergency Supplies Kit that should include a NOAA Weather Radio, shovels, blankets and clothing to stay warm.  If you have a generator, be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning – do not use indoors!
  • Stand-Down for Fall Safety

    We've discussed Fall Safety for Seniors, What about in the workplace? Construction?

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    Falls remain the leading cause of construction industry deaths, killing hundreds of workers and injuring thousands more each year. In 2014, tens of thousands of employers and more than one million workers nationwide joined the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's weeklong Safety Stand-Down, the largest occupational safety event ever held. This year, OSHA hopes to triple those numbers. From May 4-15, employers and workers will pause during their workday for topic talks, demonstrations and training on fall prevention. "With the economy on the rebound and housing starts on the rise, now is the time for all of us to renew our commitment to sending workers home safe every night," said Secretary Perez.

  • How to cut the high cost of falling

    One out of three persons aged 65 and older falls annually and 20% to 30% of falls result in injury.fall-safety

    A new study finds that community-based fall prevention programs are feasible and effective and save money.

    Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls...and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in "lost work time".

    Our training products on "Fall Protection" provide the information employees need to work safely when they are "off the ground", and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection. Topics covered in these products include:

    • The seriousness of fall hazards.
    • Types of environments where falls may occur.
    • The "Fall Protection Plan".
    • Concentrating and keeping a clear head.
    • The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls.
    • Measures that can be taken to protect against falls.
    • Protective equipment.
    • and more.

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Fall Protection Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

  • Why You Need To Use A Safety Harness With Your Boomlift

    Did you know that safety harnesses are part of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) fall protection programs, which mean that they are a necessity if you are planning on using a boomlift rental? Unfortunately, there are a large number of accidents every year that are associated with falling from one of these lifts, so it is of the utmost importance that your workers are protected at all costs.

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    The most commonly used personal fall protection device is the full-body harness, which is designed to stop the fall of a person. A worker will only be permitted to fall a maximum distance of 6 feet before the harness kicks in, preventing them from hitting the ground or a lower platform. The harness should be anchored to a fixed structure above the worker’s head at all times.

    The safety harness will possess a number of features, including the anchorage (or D-ring), connectors and the body harness. The latter is made up of straps that fit snugly around the worker’s body, whilst the D-ring will be centred on their back between the shoulder blades. The connector or safety lanyard is what joins the harness to the boomlift rental as securely as possible.

    Employer Duty – It is the duty of an employer to carefully inspect the workplace in search for areas that could pose a potential fall hazard. They will then need to select an appropriate fall protection device that their employees are instructed to wear when working in these areas. The employer is also responsible for the proper training in the use of these devices.

    Employee Duty – It is the duty of an employee to make sure that they wear a safety harness when required. If they are not familiar with the correct way to put on and use the harness, they are responsible for alerting their employer to this fact and undertaking the proper training. It is also their duty to inspect the harness prior to each and every use.

    If you have a boomlift rental currently in your workplace or you know that you will be using one soon, it is of the utmost importance that you have prepared for this through the appropriation of safety harnesses. These pieces of equipment are vital in ensuring the safety of your workers when working in high areas, as it will prevent them from falling too far.

    Other considerations:
    CPR & First Aid Training are required for ALL Construction, Electrical, and Telecommunications projects involving wiring.

    Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls...and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in "lost work time".

    See our Fall Protection Safety Training Products! See our Fall Protection Safety Training Products!

    Our training products on "Fall Protection" provide the information employees need to work safely when they are "off the ground", and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection. Topics covered in these products include:

    • The seriousness of fall hazards.
    • Types of environments where falls may occur.
    • The "Fall Protection Plan".
    • Concentrating and keeping a clear head.
    • The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls.
    • Measures that can be taken to protect against falls.
    • Protective equipment.
    • and more.

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Fall Protection Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

  • Autumn Outdoor Safety

    Leaves are changing, wind is rising, what a great time for outdoor adventures!

    Whether you're a camper, a hiker, a fisher, or a hunter, Fall brings us out into the backwoods and trails. Wilderness. This means wild. No matter how experienced you may be, this still means danger. Be equipped for those exigencies that may occur. It's easy, and it's the type of shopping that can appeal to even the most avid-anti-shopper.

    Some of our recommendations:

    Outdoor Protection/Preparedness

    And of course, any and all products by Adventure Medical!

    Here are some great outdoor and camping safety articles, and some excellent product review videos:

    Bugs abound outside... Whether you prefer DEET or more Natural Insect Repellants, There are great choices:

    Check out the toughest on Bugs... Ben's 100® MAX Tick & Insect Repellent:

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    How about Natrapel 8-hour:

     

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    Remember to protect your clothing and gear with Ben's Clothing and Gear 6oz Continuous Spray with Picardin:

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    Going Fishing? Check out the Adventure Medical Steelhead Sportsman Kit:

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    Camping or Hunting? See the Adventure Medical Grizzly Sportsman Kit:

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  • Take a Spring Stand for Falls. #StandDown4Safety

    Tens of thousands of employers and more than 1 million workers across the country are expected to join the Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week in safety stand-downs to focus on preventing fatalities from falls.


    See our Fall Protection Safety Training Products! See our Fall Protection Safety Training Products!

    Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls...and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in "lost work time".

    Our training products on "Fall Protection" provide the information employees need to work safely when they are "off the ground", and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection. Topics covered in these products include:

    • The seriousness of fall hazards.
    • Types of environments where falls may occur.
    • The "Fall Protection Plan".
    • Concentrating and keeping a clear head.
    • The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls.
    • Measures that can be taken to protect against falls.
    • Protective equipment.
    • and more.

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Fall Protection Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location


    OSHA partners with 25K businesses to prevent falls in construction and save lives

    falls in construction and save lives posterWASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of employers and more than 1 million workers across the country are expected to join the Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week in safety stand-downs to focus on preventing fatalities from falls. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, with hundreds of workers dying each year and thousands more facing serious injuries. Lack of fall protection is also the most frequently cited OSHA violation, proving that these deaths are preventable when employers provide the right safety equipment and properly train workers how to use it. Starting today and continuing throughout the week, a record number of companies and workers around the country are voluntarily stopping work to talk about fall prevention. Stand-Down participants are encouraged to share their experiences on Twitter by using #StandDown4Safety and tagging @USDOL.

    “This is an unprecedented event. Tens of thousands of employers and hundreds of thousands of workers across the country have joined our campaign to save lives and prevent fatal falls in the construction industry,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The economy is on the rebound, housing starts are on the rise and the summer construction season is getting underway. Now is the time to focus on this vital safety issue and make sure all construction workers come home at the end of every workday.”

    click on image to view the videoThroughout the week-long Stand-Down, employers and workers will pause during their workday to focus on the hazards of falls and preventing them. Industry and business leaders, including universities, labor organizations, and community and faith-based groups, have scheduled stand-downs in all 50 states and across the world. For example, the University of Texas at Arlington is joining OSHA staff and Balfour Beatty Construction to kick off events across the state of Texas today. Clark Construction Group LLC will also host a stand-down at the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. While on Wednesday, June 4, NASCAR race car driver Greg Biffle will be at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, to demonstrate fall protection at the facility, which is currently under construction. In addition, the U.S. Air Force will be hosting fall stand-downs at bases worldwide.

    “Falls cause immense pain and suffering when they happen, and we must do everything we can to stop them,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “The good news is that they are preventable with three easy steps: the best protection is to plan ahead, ensure workers have the right equipment and train each worker to use it.”

    The National Safety stand down is part of OSHA’s fall prevention campaign, launched two years ago with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda and The Center for Construction Research and Training.

    “Preventing falls benefits everyone, from the worker, to the employer, to the community at large. This safety Stand-Down serves as an important opportunity for everyone to take the time to learn how to recognize and prevent fall hazards,” said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard.

    The National Safety Stand-Down Web page provides details on: how to conduct a stand-down; receive a certificate of participation; and access free education and training resources, fact sheets and other outreach materials in English and Spanish. For a list of stand-down events free and open to the public, please visit the Stand-Down calendar of events. This is not a comprehensive list of all events taking place across the country.

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/.


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