In this article, we’re going to highlight some of the major points that OSHA makes in the Fall Prevention Training Guide. You’ll see the guide addresses risk (and controls) related to ladder safety, scaffolding safety, and roof work safety.
Know the fall hazards, including unprotected leading edge work, unprotected wall and floor openings, hoist areas, uncovered holes, roof and elevator openings, poor working surface integrity, unprotected ramps and runways, dangerous equipment, form work and reinforcing steel, excavations, wells, and pits
Know the hazards associated with roofing work, including working near unprotected edges; unprotected wall and floor openings, including skylights; hoist areas; roof and elevator openings; equipment; form work and reinforcing steel; unprotected ramps and runways; and poor integrity of working surfaces
Use appropriate fall prevention & protection PPE and use it properly, including personal fall arrest systems, guardrail systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, controlled access zones, safety monitor systems, and hole covers
Conclusion: Stand Down for Fall Prevention & Protection This Year and Every Year
We wrote this article as a contribution to OSHA’s Safety Stand Down in 2019. For more information and helpful resources, check out the OSHA Safety Stand Down web page.
And while you’re here, please download the free Fall Prevention Toolbox Talk Checklist, which provides resources that will help you lead toolbox talks related to fall prevention, and in particular on ladder safety, scaffolding safety, and roofing work safety. The checklist is intended to be used with OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide (we’ve included a link to the OSHA guide in the checklist).
Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.