I spend a lot of time on the road meeting with contractors onsite, either delivering goods or following up to make sure they are satisfied with their products. When I drive by a job site, I always look at the workers on the roof to see if they are wearing proper fall protection gear. Too many times I notice five or six workers wearing their harnesses, ropes, and lanyards…that are not actually tied off to anything.
OSHA’s regulations are only getting stricter regarding fall protection. Some employers see fall protection as wasted money. In my mind, fall protection is like insurance — better to have too much and be safe than sorry. The cost of harnesses, ropes, lanyards, anchors, etc. are a fraction of the potential costs from insurance claims and OSHA penalties, let alone the emotional and financial impact of a life altering injury. How many accidents, injuries, or fatalities could have been prevented with proper training for and monitoring of fall protection equipment?
In today’s age, safety equipment in the construction industry is constantly improving and more readily available, yet it is widely unused or misused. Everything from your walk through ladder extensions, guardrail systems, anchor systems, and fall protection kits. But fall protection is not just limited to the equipment; a solid process should be put in place in order to minimize the risk of falls on the job (OSHA has a sample fall protection plan here and great videos here.) Most fall protection set ups take a fraction of the job time to properly put together or install, yet so many are left unfinished to merely make an appearance of safety.
What does it take to get employers out inspecting their crews and safety regulations to ensure the lives of those they employ are safe? To make sure the money spent on fall protection equipment is being used properly and efficiently? A wise person once told me, “Do things right the first time…we don’t always get a second chance.”
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