PPC’s Safety Tips for Preventing Falls

OSHA has very strict guidelines for safety. We follow these guidelines to a tee and go beyond them whenever necessary. Since we pride ourselves on safety at PPC, we wanted to share a brief overview of OSHA’s guidelines regarding preventing falls on projects. This is our rulebook for every job, which every employee is trained extensively on. If you find yourself using tall or dangerous equipment where falling may be a risk, make sure you follow these as well for optimal safety.

  1. Always guard every floor hole. If there’s ever a chance of falling into a hole of any kind, there always needs to be a guard standing by. If there is no guard, the hole needs to be completely closed up, so there is zero risk of falling.
  2. Make sure every platform or level has guardrails and toerails. On any platform being used or level above anything, there needs to be guardrails and toerails. This protects anyone from falling if someone leans over or gets knocked off balance. Guardrails and toerails also need to be in place over any equipment that a person can fall into. This includes tubs and conveyer belts.
  3. Use extra equipment whenever necessary. Extra safety equipment beyond guardrails,  toerails, and floor coverings may be necessary. This equipment may include harnesses and lines, safety nets, stair rails and handrails. It is important to always have extra equipment to prevent any dangerous incident.
  4. Keep floors clean at all time. Keeping the floors clean and sanitary is not only an OSHA regulation, but it’s a best practice when doing any work. Clean floors prevents slipping, maintains organization, and helps keep dangerous chemicals from spreading all over the floor.
  5. Make sure everyone on the scene is fully trained in safety. This is arguably the most important guideline in this list. Making sure the team is completely trained for every possibility not only helps them prevent dangers, but it allows them to be prepared in case something does go awry.

Team PPC prides ourselves on having no OSHA violations to date. Beyond the numbers, we are more focused on keeping every team member safe. These are just a few of the guidelines that we focus on when working on a project. It is our hopes that these help you prepare you for any projects you undergo that may have falling hazards.

For more falling prevention information:

Portable Ladder Safety Tips OSHA Quick Card

OSHA Safety & Health Topics Page for Scaffolding 

Preventing Fatal Falls in Construction OSHA Page