Construction workers who work in high places such as buildings, bridges, amusement park rides, stadiums, billboards, and cranes put their lives at risk every time they come to work. According to statistics, falls are the leading causes of injuries and deaths in the construction industry. Most of these accidents happen because of the company’s failure to follow fall protection regulations.
Employers have the responsibility to deal with hazards of the workplace. Failure to provide fall protection to workers essentially leads to Denver workers compensation attorneys would soon come banging on their doors.
To avoid facing charges and to protect workers, every employer must follow these 5 necessary protocols for fall protection. As workers, meanwhile, you should make sure that the following are given importance at your office.
- Recognizing fall hazards
Do a thorough inspection of the site. In the ocular,watch out for possible safety issues and problem areas. Knowing the possible hazards will help you mitigate the situation early on and take appropriate actions to protect the workers. This step is very crucial, as it could prevent accidents in the future.
- Manufacturer’s safety guideline and instructions
After identifying fall hazards, select the necessary safety equipment. The equipment should meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, like being able to withstand specific weights, for example. They come with the manufacturer’s instructions, which indicate certain limits on the product use, and thus ensuring safety and security of workers and passersby.
- Creating your own safety policy
The company should create its own written hazards and safety equipment policies to minimize risks at work. While following the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)is a must, you have an option to adopt certain ANSI standards or even make your own internal policies.
- Comply with OSHA’s mandatory requirements
Know by heart the OSHA requirements and make sure that the company’s safety procedures and policies comply with them. Following these regulations is mandatory. It is important to note that OSHA can adopt certain ANSI standards. When this happens, compliance to the said regulations will also become mandatory.A company who fails to comply with OSHA standards will be subjected to a fine.In the event that an accident happens, the Greeley and Denver workers compensation attorney can use this noncompliance as grounds fora compensation claim.
- Comply with ANSI standards
As mentioned earlier, the ANSI is a committee of manufacturers who developed voluntary standards that are considered best practices. ‘Voluntary’ means the company has an option of whether to comply with the standards or not. However, the standards become mandatory when OSHA adopts them by amendment.
There are definitely more pointers to consider but this list should give you the basics. Just remember that a company or employer who fails to provide fall protection because of non-conformity to these protocols may be subjected to fines or be faced with criminal litigation.