Workers have many safety systems that they use every day. Multiple systems are geared around helping workers stay safe if there is a fall risk on the job. This is especially true in industries like construction, where falls are the number one reason for fatal accidents every year.
How does a fall prevention system work? It’s important for workers to understand the safety systems they have and the options at their disposal – both before and after a serious accident.
Stopping the fall from happening
A fall prevention system is designed around the idea that workers are safest if you stop the fall from happening in the first place. Railings and other physical barriers are an example of a fall prevention system. You can keep a worker from being able to get into a dangerous position, almost eliminating the risk.
This is different than something like a rope and harness system, which is generally set up as a fall arrest system. It is certainly still possible for the fall to happen, but the rope will catch the worker if it does.
After all, fall prevention systems are not possible in all situations. Railings may be used on a catwalk in a warehouse, for instance, but a fall arrest system with a harness may make much more sense for individuals who are working on a roofing project. There’s no way to install a railing, but a rope can theoretically catch any fall and prevent the worst injuries.
As you can see, there are unique safety aspects to consider for all employees. Those who have been injured in falls certainly need to know about all of the legal options at their disposal.