Fall protection, or work at height courses, are designed for employees who work at great heights, near edges or cliffs, and those who work on steep surfaces. Supervisors and managers of those employees will also need to take courses to be aware of procedures, ensure safety precautions are taken at the job site, and be able to spot hazards and employees who are not in compliance with policies. Training regulations are developed and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to prevent falls, or at least prevent a fall from causing a serious injury. Businesses that invest in this professional training will provide employees with knowledge and techniques to be as safe as possible during the course of their work day.
They will also experience fewer accidents and injuries in the workplace. That will result in decreases in workers compensation insurance premiums, and liability coverage. Strong policies regarding training and following safety procedures will also help businesses remain in compliance with OSHA guidelines and avoid fines and penalties. Another benefit to training is a higher retention rate among experienced employees. Training can be completed in a few formats. Videos are available, online courses are offered, and professional trainers can conduct training at business locations and actual work spaces for hands-on practice. Courses with professional trainers typically consist of two days. The first day is spent in a classroom where employees learn techniques, how to utilize protective equipment properly, and standard rules and regulations. The second day will be spent in the actual work environment practicing safety.
Fall protection takes many forms. It can include external precautions, such as guard rails, barricades, and safety nets. Personal protective equipment (PPE) consists of fall restraint lanyards, safety harnesses, hooks, clips, and ropes attached to workers, and proper clothing to protect against wind at various heights. Superficial measures may be warning lines painted near edges or around unstable areas, such as scaffolding, manholes, or crumbling rock. It is important to recognize that any height, even a few feet up on a ladder, can result in serious injury or death. Protect employees and the business by ensuring all recommended training is provided and reviewed at least annually.