Fall Protection Education & Training
The Continued Need for Fall Protection
Why Does OSHA Have a Standard for Fall Protection?Historically, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction, accounting for about one-third of all fatalities in the industry. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 320 fatal falls to a lower level in construction in 2018, out of 1,008 total fatalities.
OSHA recognizes that incidents involving falls are generally complex events, frequently involving a variety of factors. Consequently, the standard for fall protection deals with both the human and equipment-related issues in protecting workers from fall hazards. This publication is intended to help workers and employers better understand the Fall Protection in Construction standard’s requirements and the reasons behind them.
What Subpart M – Fall Protection Covers
What is Subpart M?Subpart M lays out the requirements and criteria for fall protection in construction workplaces. For example, it applies when workers are working at heights of 6 feet or more above a lower level. It also covers protection from falling objects, falls from tripping over or falling through holes and openings, and protection when walking and working around dangerous equipment without regard to height. Subpart M provisions do not apply, however, to workers inspecting, investigating, or assessing workplace conditions prior to the actual start of work or after all construction work has been completed. The provisions of Subpart M can be found in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Subpart M - Fall Protection, 29 CFR 1926.500, 29 CFR 1926.501, 29 CFR 1926.502, and 29 CFR 1926.503
This is one time when the most important tool in your toolbox isn’t a tool at all, it’s education. Creating an OSHA-required Fall Protection Plan will help your crew in the event of a fall-related emergency. They must be well-versed in your specific plan, and the options contained within, so they can act quickly and efficiently. White Cap is a big proponent of proper training, and our highly experienced Product Sales Specialists are on top of every new wrinkle or change in regulations and requirements. They are in close contact with our suppliers and constantly training on new tools, equipment, and applications and are kept up-to-date on new products. They are here to serve as your expert advisors on all issues related to safety on the jobsite.