When Equipment Fails
I just read this great article from OH&S Magazine about how there is more to preventing accidents than just using equipment, since equipment can sometimes fail. The article then explains other steps to take to prevent accidents. The first recommendation is to have training. The training can include: the nature of fall hazards in the work area(s); procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling and inspecting fall protection systems; use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, and other protection. The training can also include the employee's role with each set of equipment. Training has been proven to prevent accidents and help employees be safer. The next recommendation is to enforce the training. If you train employees but don't do anything to enforce the training, you are not having a safe environment. Challenges may arise, especially if you are making policy changes that require enforcement, but, as you remain consistent, the overall attitude will shift and your workplace culture will become more safe. The final recommendation is to evaluate your policy regularly. Look at what is working and what could be improved. Make regular adjustments as necessary.