OSHA National Stand Down for Fall Prevention
This year, Safety Week coincides with OSHA’s National Stand Down for Fall Prevention. Working in construction can put workers in high places, and harnesses are what stand between completing the job safely and a fatal fall. Taking the extra time to ensure your harness is properly working before being elevated is always crucial to your well-being and the well-being of those around you.
When first getting the harness, grab it by the D ring and shake it out. Inspect each strap and buckle for wear and damage, and if any is present, ensure the harness is removed from the site. Put the harness on shoulder by shoulder so it sits comfortably. Secure the chest strap and then the leg straps, checking that you are able to fit two fingers comfortably through the leg straps.
Whenever a job in a high place has to be done, discuss these steps and the risks associated in your daily toolbox talk. For more information on OSHA’s National Stand Down for Fall Prevention and how you can get involved, visit osha.gov.