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Are You Keeping Your Crew Safe with Fall Protection Training?

In the U.S. construction industry, falls are the leading cause of work-related fatalities. On average, 150 to 200 workers are killed each year and more than 100,000 are injured as a result of falls at construction sites.

Because of this, fall protection training has become an invaluable program at any job site. The objective of a fall protection training course is to make sure employees are aware of and are protected from the hazards of working at elevated heights.

Why You Need OSHA Fall Protection Training

OSHA recognizes that accidental falls are generally complex events that often involve a variety of factors. Because of this, the OSHA standard for fall protection deals with both human and equipment related issues that factor into fall protection training.

OSHA identifies the following as areas or activities where fall protection is needed:

  • Unprotected sides and edges
  • Hoist areas
  • Holes
  • Wall openings
  • Formwork and reinforcing steel
  • Ramps, runways, and other walkways
  • Excavations
  • Dangerous equipment
  • Overhand bricklaying and related work
  • Roofing work
  • Leading edge work
  • Pre-cast concrete erection
  • Residential construction
  • Other walking/working surfaces.

OSHA guidelines dictate that the training must be taught by a competent person in any situations where fall hazards could occur. That training must include:

  • Recognizing and minimizing fall hazards
  • Procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting the fall protection equipment in use
  • An understanding of OSHA fall protection rules.

On-site Fall Protection Training Fitted for Your Scope of Work

Under the fall protection rule, employers can select fall protection measures and equipment to fit the work being performed.

Total Equipment Training’s customized fall protection training program is designed to provide the information and testing for your specific scope of work to ensure your crew can operate equipment safely and effectively. Our tailored training is presented to maximize the current skill level of the participants. The course consists of 60% classroom training with written testing, and 40% hand-on training with practical evaluations.

Our program uses the following outline as a starting point for fall protection training topics, but is also fully customizable to the needs of any job site.

Program Outline

Classroom Agenda

  • History of fall protection in the industry
  • Fall statistics in the industry
  • Physics of a fall – live demonstrations
  • Types of fall protection systems
  • Primary versus secondary fall protection
  • Components of personal fall protection devices
  • Summation of fall forces and limitations of fall protection devices – live demonstrations
  • How to determine fall protection device limitations
  • How to inspection fall protection devices
  • How to wear fall protection devices – demonstrated
  • Identification of proper anchorage points
  • Ladder and stairway safety

In Classroom Hands-on

  • Hands-on demonstration
  • Components of personal devices
  • Inspect fall protection devices
  • Wearing fall protection devices