Did you know that falling is the 2nd most cause of death in the workplace? In the US, employers are not identifying potential fall hazards. Here are some eye opening statistics:
- Falls cost industries over $3.7 Billion annually.
- In 2013, there were 623 deaths from falls.
- Falls accounted for over 100,000 disabling injuries.
- Many companies with potential fall hazards have no one in their organization who is OSHA Competent Certified nor contracts with anyone.
An OSHA Competent Certification Person posses the knowledge in identifying fall hazards and unsanitary conditions. Given authority, this person can be a great asset to keeping employees safe from falls and cut potential costs. IPC has team members on staff who are Competent Person Certification and ready to assist you in identifying fall hazards and recommend the proper PPE if engineering or procedural controls are not possible.
Here are some questions IPC can help answer for you to avoid a potential accident or an OSHA penalty:
- Are your employees climbing over 4 feet off the floor ( 6 feet in construction )?
- Do your employees use standard lanyards when working from 4 feet to 18 feet in height?
- Are the Anchor Points your workers are connecting to rated to withstand a 5000 pound test?
- Has a trained person calculated the fall clearance of employees and their potential fall distance?
- Is your current fall protection PPE inspected by a Competent Person periodically?
- Do you have an employee who may have fall protection, but may be in a position where they could have a free fall more than 6 feet?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, let IPC assist. We are here to help you eliminate fall hazards. Contact us today!