Working from a height always poses the risk of your workers falling. Falls are dreaded because of their negative effects on both the workers and the industry that employs them. Risks of falling that face the worker are injuries and in severe cases, death. The employer also feels the pain of a worker falling in that he has to cater for medication cost and also misses the services of the worker that has fallen during his treatment and recovery. Fall protection means are highly sought so as to avoid the aftermaths of a fall. Below is a list of the most widely used an accepted strategies of industrial fall protection.
First, you have to acquire as much information as possible about the site your workers will be operating from. To do this, you might be required to make a tour of the place and map out all the possible hazards your workers might be facing on the job. When doing this, get the right information on the height of the points as well as possible strong points to erect safety measures.
After getting all the necessary information on the risks that the workers might face on the job, the next step in industrial fall protection is called fall elimination. The act of making sure your workers work without heights is what we call fall elimination. To get rid of the heights, you can fill up the unused pits or cover them if they are to be used later. For people working on high buildings, it is wise to provide a wide platform for the worker to operate on. If the platform is wide enough the workers’ risk of falling is reduced to almost zero. However, you need to enhance the platforms with rails.
Another important aspect in industrial fall protection is in the safety tools you decide to have on set. The working area posing the risk of falling should be made safer by use of rails and restricting walls. Ensure also that anytime your workers are operating from a height, they have on them body harnesses. The harnesses should then be fastened to an anchor that is strong enough to support the worker on harness.
Fall cushions are the last part of an effective fall protection. Fall arresters is the other name of fall cushions. If the other fall cushion methods listed above fail, fall cushions help to reduce the impact of the fall of the worker. The fall arresters need to be placed below the point your worker is working from. For effective fall cushioning, the fall arresters should be placed at a height not away from the worker.