The Fall Prevention & Protection Hierarchy of Controls

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As part of our extended look at preventing falls in construction, all of which is part of our observance of the recent 2018 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, we’re going to take a look at the the fall prevention & protection hierarchy of controls in this article.

In addition to this article, remember we’ve also written the following related to falls, fall prevention, and fall protection recently:

There are also many other great fall protection resources out there, including the OSHA Fall Protection/Prevention Safety and Health Topic Page and this CDC/NIOSH Falls in the Workplace website. Please use the comments section at the bottom of this article if there are other fall prevention & protection resources out there you’d like to share with other readers.

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Convergence Training Incident Management System (IMS) Wins 2018 ISHN “EHS Management Software” Reader’s Choice Award

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Last year, Convergence Training won the ISHN Best Safety Training Reader’s Choice Award and the ISHN ASSE Safety 2017 Best Safety Training Attendees Award for our MSHA Training series of online safety training courses (designed primarily for MSHA Part 46 compliance).

This year, we added to that by winning the 2018 ISHN EHS Management Software Reader’s Choice award for our brand-spankin’ new Incident Management System software, which we call our IMS. Thanks to ISHN and all their readers for voting for us again this year!

We’re pumped about the win, as you’d expect.

What does our IMS do? Well, here’s a list features for starters:

  • Incident reporting, including attaching photos/documents/videos/audio
  • Incident investigations
  • Assigning corrective actions
  • Tracking correction actions
  • Reporting and data analytics
  • Automated notifications of key tasks
  • OSHA & MSHA reporting
  • OSHA online incident submission
  • DOT functionality (coming soon)
  • Mobile capabilities (phone, tablet, etc.)
  • Much more

Be sure to check out our Incident Management Softwareweb page to learn even more, or watch the brief video below for an overview of the system’s benefits. And you can always send us an email to learn more.

Investigating incidents at work, including near-misses, gives you a great opportunity learn more about the hazards and risks at your workplace and increase your organization’s overall capacity for safety.

For some related reading, we invite you to check out the following articles:

And before you go, please feel free to download our free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist, below! 

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3 Safety Tips Before Getting On an Aerial Lift

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Falls from heights continue to be a major cause of occupational injuries and fatalities, year after year. Those falls occur in a number of ways, including workers falling from aerial work platforms.

In this article, we’ll give you a few simple and easy-to-implement safety tips for working with aerial lifts. You might also be interested in our other articles related to falls that we created for the Safety Stand-Down week, including:

Also, check out the bottom of this article, because we’ve included a free Fall Prevention Toolbox Talk Checklist for you. 

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3 Ways to Ensure Your Safety When Wearing a Fall Protection Harness

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Falls continue to be a leading cause of injuries and fatalities at work. That’s true year after year.

In this article, we’re going to provide a few quick, easy, and important tips on wearing a fall protection harness. Properly wearing a harness can be one way to reduce the risk of fall-related injuries and illnesses (although it’s important to remember that PPE is a low-level control on the hierarchy of controls and you should always attempt higher-level controls to reduce fall risk before considering PPE).

You might also want to check out the other articles related to falls and fall prevention that we’ve got for you.

Also, know that we’ve included a free Fall Prevention Toolbox Talk Checklist for you–just go down to the bottom of this article. 

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Scaffolding Safety: 3 Ways to Work Safely on a Scaffold

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As you probably know, another national Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction has come and gone.

But although the Safety Stand-Down is past, the risk (and reality) of falls in construction has not.

As a result, we’re taking a closer look at some issues related to falls in construction in a series of articles. This article will focus on fall hazards related to scaffolds. Every year, falls from scaffolds lead to a large number of injuries and fatalities on the job.

In addition to this article, we’ve also put together the following ones related to falls, fall prevention, and fall protection for the Safety Stand-Down:

At the bottom of this article, we’ve included a free Fall Prevention Toolbox Talk Checklist, and it includes tips for a Scaffolding Safety Toolbox Talk. 

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3 Ways to Avoid a Fall from a Ladder

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Because falls in construction are such a major cause of injuries and fatalities at work, we’re dedicating a few articles at this time to providing some fall-related safety tips to make sure you and your coworkers go home safely every night.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some ladder safety tips. Ladders are especially dangerous–every year, about 70 construction workers die when falling from ladders, and in addition about 4,000 construction workers experience an injury as a result of falling from a ladder that’s so severe they miss work.

So, let’s learn three simple safety tips for staying safer while working with ladders. And don’t forget to scroll down to the very bottom of this article, where you can download a free portable ladder self-inspection checklist. 

In addition to this article, we also created the following articles on topics related to falls, fall prevention, fall protection, and fall hazards/risks that might interest you as well:

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Looking Back at the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

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The National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction was last week (May 7-11, 2018).

In this article, we’ll review what a safety stand-down is, why we have them, and how we can help prevent falls and especially fatal falls in the construction industry.

I was lucky enough to attend a special Fall Prevention training course offered by the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and their Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center that was timed to coincide with the Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down. In addition to the experts with UW-DEOHS/PNWOEC, there were other experts from industry (AGC), Oregon OSHA, Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE), and more. In short, it was a rock-star-studded event.

And so in the article below, we’ll also give some credit to all those fine presenters and highlight some of what I learned there.

In addition to this blog post, watch for one or more blog posts related to fall prevention to follow shortly.

As always, we hope these articles help improve safety at the workplace, and that’s especially true in fall prevention, where the need is so great.

In addition to this article focusing on the Safety Stand-Down itself, we’ve prepared some additional fall-related articles you may appreciate as well. So check these out too:

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ASSE/ANSI Z490.2 Update: It’s All about the Process

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In our last update on the progress of the upcoming ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 standard for Online EHS Training, we covered some discussions the committee had about the meaning of the phrase “online safety training.”

This time, we’re going to talk about process. The process of getting a bunch of hard-working, busy people to coordinate efforts on the creation of a national standard even though they work in different cities, on different schedules, and with different additional responsibilities beyond just writing national standards.

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Selecting Qualified Safety Trainers: Read Our Tips in ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine’s May 2018 Issue

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A quick head’s up that we’ve got a helpful article in the May, 2018 issue of Professional Safety, the official magazine of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

The article is about selecting qualified safety trainers. It gives you some tips from the ASSE/ANSI z490.1 EHS training standard and, in addition, some tips for “training up” staff to be more qualified safety trainers. It also includes a list of some of the best learning professionals in the world to learn from (more on that below) to continue sharpening your training skills.

As always, we encourage you to check out the ASSE, their Professional Safety magazine, and of course their ANSI Z490.1 standard for environmental, health, and safety training. We’re on the committee to create that standard and you can read more about that here, here,  here and here.

Read on to learn more, to see a list of recommended learning professionals to learn from, and to download a free buyer’s guide to online safety training.

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Come Visit Us at the Minnesota Safety & Health Conference: May 8-10, 2018

We’re excited to note that we’ll be at the upcoming Minnesota Safety & Health Conference from May 8-10, 2018, and would love to meet you while you’re there.

Brian Andrewjeski of Convergence/Red Vector will be at booth 302. Come check out our our award-winning online courses for safety and health training; our learning management system (LMS) for administering all your organizational training needs; our Incident Management Software (IMS) for tracking, correcting, and reporting workplace incidents; our mobile apps for mobile learning and mobile incident reporting/investigation; and a lot more!

Between now and then, let us know if you’ve got any questions for us and feel free to download the free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist below.

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ASSE Puget Sound Professional Development Conference Online Safety Training Presentation (Bliss/Dalto)

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This blog post is for people who attended the presentation on Online Safety Training facilitated by Morgan Bliss, Associate Professor at Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management program, and Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training/RedVector. Or for those who wish they were there.

What we’ve done here is try to provide some additional materials to help you learn more about, evaluate, and implement online safety training solutions at your workplace.

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Come Visit Us at the ASSE Safety 2018 Conference, June 3-6, 2018

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Will you be at the ASSE Safety 2018 Conference June 3-6, 2018 in San Antonio, TX? So will we!

Come by Booth 2208 to see our award-winning online courses for safety and health training; our learning management system (LMS) for administering all your organizational training needs; our Incident Management Software (IMS) for reporting, investigating, tracking, correcting, and learning from workplace incidents; our mobile apps for mobile learning and mobile incident reporting/investigation; and a lot more!

Speaking of the annual ASSE Safety event, did you know we won the attendees choice award for BEST SAFETY TRAINING at last year’s national ASSE Safety 2017 conference? It’s true!

We look forward to meeting you there. Until then, read this update on the upcoming ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 standard for online safety training (we’re on the committee creating this) and feel free to download the free online safety training buyer’s guide checklist below.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate the different online safety training solutions that exist to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

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Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

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