Falls from height are the most common fatal accidents in construction.
The risk of falls can be reduced by careful planning of work at height, including provision of safe access and fall protection.
All work areas, walkways and platforms that are more than 1 m above ground level or the platform below shall be provided with solid guardrails, both upper and intermediate.
Rope or tape is insufficient.
Fall protection plans must be developed for working at heights. The fall protection plans must be specific to the work activity and cover the following:
- Fall hazards at the worksite
- The fall protection system to be used at the worksite
- Procedures used to assemble, maintain, inspect, use, and disassemble the fall protection system
- Rescue procedures to be used if a worker falls, is suspended and needs to be rescued.
The fall protection plan must be available at the worksite and be reviewed with the workers before work with a risk of falling begins. Workers will complete training specific to the equipment used and include procedures to assemble, maintain, inspect, use, and disassemble the fall protection system or systems. Workers who are tasked with the rescue of suspended workers will be trained in the rescue systems and procedures.
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