Fall Protection

The top list of OSHA violations was released for 2017, and it has a few ladder-related violations on it. Here's the list:
  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176 violations
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877 violations
  6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162 violations
  8. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933 violations
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523 violations
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405 violations

“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a Sept. 26 press release. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”

What is Fall Protection?

Fall protection is a system used to keep workers safe when working at height. Different industries have different fall protection guidelines. In fact, some industries require tying off when workers are just two feet off the ground. Fall protection is important and does help save lives when used correctly.

A Safer Option

Tying off and using fall protection can be great, but it has its limitations, which is why there are so many fall protection violations. Another option when implementing fall protection is by using a Safety Cage. This climbing equipment has a few different models available, depending on your needs. The Adjustable Safety Cage has telescoping sides, allowing you to use it on stairs or other unlevel surfaces. The Compact Cage is also adjustable but has a smaller footprint. The Safety Cage is a Fixed-Length Cage for working at height on level surfaces. Each model of the Cage allows you to work safely in an enclosed platform, following all fall protection requirements without needing to tying off.

However, important fall protection may be, remember that the number one OSHA violation correlates to neglecting fall protection parameters. When working at considerable heights, try a Little Giant Cage. It is a great option to help you and others operate safely at height.