Fall Prevention and Protection - Construction Worksite Safety

SKU: C-503Duration: 42 Minutes

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Course Details


Training Time: 42 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: OSHA 1926 Subpart M (1926.500 -503)

Languages: English

Working from ladders, scaffolding, and other elevated work platforms presents a serious danger of falling. Falls can be caused by inattentiveness, slippery surfaces, working in awkward or out-of-balance positions, or insufficient training. This course highlights numerous methods of prevention and protection, including fall arrest systems, vertical and horizontal lifelines, as well as inspection and maintenance guidelines. This course also discusses associated topics such as the proper procedure for putting on a body harness, lifeline swing hazards, calculating fall space clearance, and harness suspension syndrome.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe types of fall protection systems, including best practices for their use
  • Describe general safety rules for using ladders
  • Describe fall protection for scaffolding
  • List, in order, the steps to put on a body harness
  • Identify and describe different types of lanyards
  • Describe different types of anchorage points
  • Describe vertical and horizontal lifelines
  • List calculation factors for determining fall space clearance
  • List emergency action plan steps in the event of a fall
  • List inspecting and maintenance guidelines for fall protection systems
  • List fall protection use guidelines in lift equipment

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

Why is fall prevention and protection training important?
Falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries and cause 300-400 deaths a year.

What are some lines of defense against falls and related injuries?
Being alert, using fall prevention, and using fall protection.

What are considered types of fall prevention?
Guardrails, rails on stairs, scaffolds, and covers on holes in the floor.

What is the goal of fall protection?
To reduce negative effects of falls that do occur.

What equipment is used for fall protection?
Harnesses, lanyards, lifelines, anchor points, and more.

What is an anchor point?
What fall protection harnesses are attached to. There are two types-temporary and permanent.

Is fall protection required when using lift equipment?
Yes. This includes scissors lifts, lift truck-mounted personnel baskets, crane-suspended personnel baskets, and aerial lifts.

What about crane-suspended baskets?
The use of these is generally prohibited. They are allowed only in special circumstances and following special crane-specific guidelines in OSHA's 29 CFR 1926.550.

What is the last line of defense when dealing with fall hazards?
Fall protection-always try other methods (alertness, fall prevention) first.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Because a scissor lift is also considered a mobile scaffold, your organization may require you to wear a personal fall restraint system during use. When using fall protection inside a scissor lift, the fall protection device must be attached to the manufacturer's designed anchorage point, inside the work platform. Older lifts may not have an anchor point. If there is no anchor point, the fall protection device cannot be used. Never use a guardrail as an anchor point. Lifts are to be used only by authorized persons. Never stand on or climb over/under the railing and keep feet on the working deck of the lift. Do not elevate yourself while in the lift by using boxes or buckets.

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