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Preventing Falls – Basic Rules of Fall Protection by OSHA

Preventing Falls - Basic Rules of Fall Protection by OSHA

Most construction deaths are the result of falls. In 2020 alone, 351 fatal falls were recorded out of 1,008 fatalities. Proper fall protection training can prevent these deaths.

In 2012, OSHA partnered with the National Occupational Research (NORA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for a Fall Prevention Campaign that raised awareness among employers and workers on the common fall hazards in construction. It also discusses preventing falls from roofs, scaffolds, and ladders. OSHA outlines three steps to prevent falls: plan, provide, and train. Let’s discuss these in detail.


Planning helps ensure safety when working from heights. It involves deciding how to do a job and determining what safety equipment is necessary for every task. Employers should also include safety equipment when estimating the costs of a job and determine how to have all essential tools and equipment available at the work site.


Employers must provide fall protection and suitable equipment to protect workers who are working at heights of 6 feet or more. These may include scaffolding with guardrails, safety gear, stairs, and ladders, among others. For roof work, workers using PFAS (personal fall arrest systems) must have a harness, especially those tied off to the anchor. PFAS must fit properly and be inspected regularly for safe use.


All workers require training on the safe use and proper setup of equipment used at work. Employers should train workers on recognizing hazards on the job. Supervisors must undergo Fall Protection Competent Person Training to be effective at taking measures to eliminate hazards to keep workers safe. Workers must also undergo training on setting up and using fall protection equipment effectively and safely and recognize hazards and situations where protection is necessary.

Get proper training for fall protection and awareness.

Impact Safety has a range of fall protection training courses, including the 24-Hour Competent Person for Fall Protection, Fall Protection Competent Person Training, and Fall Protection Awareness.

Our 24-Hour Competent Person for Fall Protection training program covers all the skills a person needs to perform inspections, keep records, implement preventive measures, and provide fall protection systems and equipment. Participants learn their responsibilities as designated competent persons, how to keep a worksite safe and compliant, and how to perform detailed inspections of systems and components. We provide hands-on activities that allow them to apply their new skills and knowledge.

Our Fall Protection Awareness is a half-day course that will teach you to work safely in an environment with potential fall hazards. It covers how to identify fall hazards and prepare you to keep yourself and others from fall accidents and similar injuries. We recommend this course to anyone exposed to such dangers in their workplace. The certification won’t expire, but we recommend taking a refresher at least every three years to stay updated on the developments in fall protection procedures and standards.

Finally, our Fall Protection Competent Person Training provides the proper training to site supervisors authorized to take prompt corrective measures to remove hazards. It’s a one-day course covering all essential topics, such as identifying existing and predictable fall hazards. Impact Safety will issue a certification upon successful completion. This course should be taken once a year to renew the certification.

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