Fall Protection

Falls are one of the leading causes of serious work related accidents and fatalities (“Fall protection,” 2012). The Department of Labor estimates that between 150 and 200 workers are killed each year and more than 100,000 are injured due to a workplace fall. Injuries result in a high cost for both the worker and the employer.
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Safety Training
Fall protection, when used properly, will prevent serious injury or death. The risk of a fall is greater than many think. When concentrating on work, one can easily forget their proximity to the roof edge. OSHA reports it is nearly impossible to catch oneself when falling. It takes a half second to react once a person begins to fall; in that half second, the person has already fallen four feet.
Danger lurks beyond the roof edge. Skylights pose a threat to an employee falling through to the open area below. Skylights should be covered or surrounded by a guardrail. Ladders pose another threat. Ladders should be stabilized and extended at least three feet above the roof edge. Hands should be free when climbing a ladder.
OSHA requires employees to be trained to avoid fall hazards and to properly use fall protection equipment and safety measures like:
  • Ensure harnesses fit and are not defective.
  • Always stay connected or tied off.
  • Ensure anchor points are safe.
  • Holes, openings, and skylights should be protected.
  • Refrain from sitting or walking on skylights or other openings.
An Ounce of Prevention
The ideal time to implement a fall protection plan is at the onset of a project – either new construction or a re-roof. Fall hazard control is becoming increasingly more wide-spread as a way to prevent potential costs related to injuries. Value is spread throughout all phases of a project when it is implemented at the design stage. This results in a project lifetime savings.
Viable fall protection options are available for both new roofs and retro-fits. Fixed anchorage points – which can be used for both fall prevention and fall protection – is one option. Another option is proper parapet walls to enclose the entire rooftop, therefore enabling fall prevention for all future rooftop work and maintenance.
Specifically for low-slope and flat roofs, protection systems include (“Fall protection,” 2012):
  • guardrail systems
  • safety net systems
  • personal fall arrest systems
  • warning line and guardrail combined system
  • warning line and safety net combined system
  • warning line and personal fall arrest system
  • warning line and safety monitoring system
The type of roofing system selected may also reduce the risk of falls. Using a pre-manufactured system installed by experienced contractors, such as LaFerney Commercial Roofing, reduces the time spent on the roof by installers, therefore effectively reducing exposure hours. The exposure hours may be further decreased by selecting a system requiring minimal maintenance. Less exposure to a hazard translates to less risk.
Fall protection systems are active systems – meaning participation is required of the worker. Using the prevention approach, described above, in addition to training for employees and supervisors, makes a successful protection program attainable.
Selection of the appropriate protection system for the situation is critical. LaFerney’s sales consultants are available to make recommendations based on the unique needs of your facility. Call 800-633-3119 to take advantage of our expertise.
Safety is a watchword for LaFerney Commercial Roofing. Our commitment to safety shows through our crews and training programs. This commitment extends to every job site, for the protection of your customers and employees, as well as our crew. In addition to the strict safety policy of LaFerney Commercial Roofing and OSHA requirements, roofing crews also adhere to customer policies in all areas, including the use of special safety equipment such as steel toe boots, hard hats, safety glasses, and fences or barricades.
Special insurance requirements (fire spread, wind uplift) are also met upon request. LaFerney Commercial Roofing has the necessary resources to address any safety or engineering needs which may arise. Safety for LaFerney begins in the planning process where each site is evaluated for potential hazards, including exposure, environmental, excursion limits, and ventilation.
The type of roofing system selected may also reduce the risk of falls. Using a pre-manufactured system installed by experienced contractors, such as LaFerney Commercial Roofing, reduces the time spent on the roof by installers, therefore effectively reducing exposure hours. The exposure hours may be further decreased by selecting a system requiring minimal maintenance. Less exposure to a hazard translates to less risk.
Fall protection systems are active systems – meaning participation is required of the worker. Using the prevention approach, described above, in addition to training for employees and supervisors, makes a successful protection program attainable.
Selection of the appropriate protection system for the situation is critical. LaFerney’s sales consultants are available to make recommendations based on the unique needs of your facility. Call 800-633-3119 to take advantage of our expertise.
Safety is a watchword for LaFerney Commercial Roofing. Our commitment to safety shows through our crews and training programs. This commitment extends to every job site, for the protection of your customers and employees, as well as our crew. In addition to the strict safety policy of LaFerney Commercial Roofing and OSHA requirements, roofing crews also adhere to customer policies in all areas, including the use of special safety equipment such as steel toe boots, hard hats, safety glasses, and fences or barricades.
Special insurance requirements (fire spread, wind uplift) are also met upon request. LaFerney Commercial Roofing has the necessary resources to address any safety or engineering needs which may arise. Safety for LaFerney begins in the planning process where each site is evaluated for potential hazards, including exposure, environmental, excursion limits, and ventilation.
If safety is important, be certain to contact LaFerney Commercial Roofing for a free estimate.
Phone: 800-633-3119. Email: laferney@laferney.com. Web: www.laferney.com.
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